Cold Water Challenge Helps Family of Crash Victim

CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friends and family raised money for funeral expenses for a woman who was killed in a car crash on Interstate 64, Thursday evening.

Crystal Nelson was killed in the wreck that happened on I-64 in Cross Lanes. Deputies say Nelson was thrown from her SUV, and died at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.

She leaves behind her husband and four children, who have no way of paying for funeral expenses. Nelson's husband is disabled, and not able to work.

Nelson's co-workers at the Cross Lanes Wal Mart teamed up with the Poca Volunteer Fire Department to raise money by holding a cold water challenge.

It's a trend sweeping across the nation. Fire departments have been raising money by challenging people to donate $100 to a charity or take the challenge of getting doused with water and only donating $10 dollars.

So to raise money for her funeral, Nelson's friends, co-workers and even total strangers did just that.

A family friend said she would have loved the fun they had taking the challenge. "She was fun loving laughing and joking all the time;" said Penny Conrad. "So this right here, a memorial for her, is the most fantastic thing we could have done."

If you want to help the Nelson family, send donations to Gatens Harding Funeral Home at P.O. Box 2 Poca, West Virginia labeled Crystal Nelson Fundraiser.

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