Fundraising

GoFundMe fundraiser set up for family injured in crash

Online fundraisers have raised more than $44,000 for a Randolph family injured in a vehicle crash at a busy highway intersection in Randolph on Monday, said a Rockaway Township councilman who was at the scene.

GoFundMe “Prayers for the Fontes Family” states a young boy, Connor, his younger sister, Chloe, and their grandmother were involved in a “horrific crash.” Connor,10, was in critical condition and Chloe, 8, was treated for injuries, states the online fund.

Connor and Chloe Fontes were injured when the Ford Explorer they were traveling in crashed with a truck hauling tree longs June 7 in Randolph.

The accident “that changed our lives forever” happened on Chloe’s 8th birthday, said the children’s father, Luiz Fontes.

“First and foremost we would like to thank God for his mercy and his continued blessings and protection of our son Connor, daughter Chloe and my mother, Geralda,” Fontes told the Daily Record on Friday. “Through all the chaos, the first responders were nothing short of miracle workers.”

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday confirmed a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon at the intersection of Route 10 West and Center Grove Road.

Photos from the scene of a crash involving a tree log truck and a Ford Explorer SUV. Two children in the Ford were injured, according to a witness on the scene.

“Multiple individuals were transported to an area hospital for treatment,” the prosecutor’s office confirmed in a brief statement. “The incident remains under investigation.”

Randolph police declined requests for additional information, citing the ongoing investigation. 

Connor, a fourth-grader at Shongum Elementary, suffered the most injuries and is in the PICU at Morristown Medical Center.

“Although still critical, he is taking baby steps in the right direction every hour of every day,” his father said. “Most of his injuries were in both of his legs and will require several months of healing and rehabilitation.”