A Town of West Seneca Highway Department employee remains hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, a day after he was accidentally run over by a town sewer maintenance vehicle, police said.
The 53-year-old man was working on a town project on Glenmar Drive about 9 a.m. when he lost his footing and slipped beneath the wheels of his truck while it was in motion, police said. Crews were believed to be flushing a sanitary sewer line at the time.
The employee was transported to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries. The incident remains under investigation by the Police Department's Accident Investigation Unit.
The victim's name was withheld by police, however, a GoFundMe page identifies him as Donald Schultz, a town employee of nearly 30 years, father of six children and grandfather of two. By Wednesday afternoon, the campaign had raised over $10,000 of a $25,000 goal in under 24 hours.
Funds raised are to help the Schultz family through the difficult time, said Matthew Stacey, a family friend and co-worker in the department who started the campaign.
"He's a family man," Stacey said of Schultz. "The man's tough as nails, and if there's anybody who can fight through this it's him."