Victim of fatal car crash saves five people through organ donation

WINDSOR STAR | Trevor Wilhelm
Somewhere out there, Jacob Purdy’s heart still beats.

It’s the only comfort there is – knowing his organ donations saved five other people – after the young Amherstburg man’s death from a car crash.

The 21-year-old leaves behind grieving parents, two brothers and a pregnant girlfriend.

“It’s the only good part of this whole tragedy,” his mother Debra said Wednesday at the family’s Amherstburg home. “It made me very proud that he will be helping somebody else, knowing that your child is going to live on, even if it’s with somebody else.”

Purdy was driving a car that collided with a pickup truck May 27 at County Road 10 and Concession 8 North. Amherstburg police said both drivers suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police didn’t respond to a request Wednesday for more details about the crash, including the condition of the other driver.

Purdy’s parents said he was officially pronounced dead on June 1. He is survived by his mother, father Scott and brothers Joshua, 23, and Shayne, 17. His girlfriend, Rebecca Vukov, 20, now also faces the reality of raising their unborn child without him. Continue reading

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