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Thousands raised for family of man killed in Williams Highway crash

Braden Hales, 23, was killed Friday in a crash on Highway 238. His daughter Paige, who was in the back seat, was rushed to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. A crowdfunding campaign had raised nearly $10,000 as of early Monday afternoon. [submitted photo via GoFundMe]

In the span of one day, a crowdfunding campaign had raised more than $9,500 to bury a 23-year-old father killed Friday in a crash on Williams Highway.

As of early Monday afternoon, the family had raised $9,685 in 77 donations intended to cover burial costs for Braden Hales, 23, of Williams, who died at the scene of a T-bone crash on Highway 238, according to a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign organized Hales’ aunt Jessica Hales.

At about 2:40 p.m. Friday, Hales pulled onto Highway 238 from Jaynes Drive in his Toyota Camry sedan with his daughter, Paige, in the back seat. A Ford F-250 pickup driven by Ed DeVos, 56, of Williams, collided with the car, according to information provided by Oregon State Police and Rural Metro Fire of Josephine County.

Separating the two vehicles and extricating the child from the car took 48 minutes, according to Rural Metro Fire. A Mercy Flights helicopter landed in the intersection and rushed the child to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The girl was released from the hospital Saturday, according to an update from Jessica Hales. The same day as the crash, Hales’ father suffered a heart attack but has since been released from the hospital, the gofundme said.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to a memorial service and to help with burial costs, according to the crowdfunding page. For more information, see gofundme.com/f/braden-hales-memorial-fund.