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Flagger succumbs to injuries
Cowichanians are rallying to support the family of a traffic flagger who died Wednesday after suffering workplace injuries in Duncan Monday.
Bottle drives and pizza-parlour donations are aimed at helping the young children of flagger Margreta (Maggie) Erin Feeley, 29, of Lake Cowichan.
At press time, south-Cowichan’s Moo’s Pizza had raised $1,740 in donations and from facebook bids on five Classic Feast pizza packages.
The Duncan Flagger’s Family Relief Fund, set up through gofundme by Pamela Mitchell, had gained $880 by press time toward a $5,000 target.
There’s also a bottle drive Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, at Cowichan Secondary School, supported by Island Return-It. An RBC account is also being established to accept funds for Feeley’s family.
“Feeley was working as a traffic flagperson on a paving construction site, in the 2500-block of Beverly Street in Duncan, on the morning of Oct. 21 when she was struck by one of the vehicles involved in the construction work,” coroner Barb McLintock’s release states.
“She was immediately taken by ambulance to Cowichan District Hospital, and was then transferred to Victoria General Hospital where she died on the evening of Oct. 23.”
The coroner, WorkSafeBC, and RCMP continue to investigate the incident, McLintock notes.
WorkSafeBC is investigating exactly how Feeley came to be under that Stone Pacific Contracting gravel truck, towing a trailer, on the work site opposite Cowichan school board offices on Beverly Street.
“We’re at such early stages of the investigation,” WorkSafeBC’s Alexandra Skinner-Reynolds said Thursday, noting the probe could take a couple of months.
But Melissa (Moo) Cottam of Moo’s, and Sophy Roberge at Island Return-It (formerly the Cowichan Valley Bottle Depot) are taking benevolent action now to financially assist Feeley’s family.
Cottam answered a facebook post by local Julie Grimsson about helping Feeley’s mourning family.
“I did it human-to-human,” Cottam told the News Leader Pictorial about facebook auctioning of her pizza feasts, then matching a $400 bid Thursday.
Cottam said she didn’t know Feeley, but acted to help — even before official word the flagger had died.
“Her family needed help, regardless of what state (Feeley was in),” she said.
One generous guy also dropped $50 in to her pizza shop, along the Island Highway in Cobble Hill, for the cause.
“I have opened an account at the bottle depot in Duncan so please drop off your empties for the account Maggie Feeley,” Grissom wrote on facebook. “I will be at the Cowichan Secondary school parking lot this Saturday from nine to 12 collecting bottles, so please share this with everyone you know.”
At Island Return-It, marketing manager Roberge said all ready-to-drink beverage containers will get a full refund toward the depot’s Feeley fund.
“We’re actually pretty touched,” she said of Cowichan’s kindness.
The depot has created the Maggie The Flaggirl Account so proceeds from sorted recyclables can be donated.
“It’s just to help the community; we’re there to help,” said Roberge.