A Texas A&M University-Commerce student was killed near campus while helping a friend push a stalled car.
According to a school statement, Javion Thomas, 19, an electrical engineer major from Dallas, Texas, passed away on Tuesday from injuries sustained during the accident.
A&M-Commerce’s executive director of marketing and communications, Michael Johnson, told the Herald-Banner that Thomas was on his way back to campus when he came upon a stalled car and stopped to help. At some point, an accident happened, and he got run over. He later passed away from his injuries.
“He was just a good kid doing something good for someone,” Johnson said.
Thomas’ aunt, Veronica Lynch-Davis, told radio station KRLD that her nephew had a history of spine surgery and should not have been helping push the stalled vehicle.
“He was the one who had major surgery on his spine,” she said. “He was always wanting to help and willing to help. And at one time, because of his spine, he couldn’t help pick up things anymore, and he hated it when he moved in because we had to help him. And that was not in his nature.”
On Thursday, the university lowered its flag to half-staff in honor of Thomas. It offered counseling to students who feel they need it.
A GoFundMe page was set up by the family to help with funeral costs. So far, there have been over $11,000 in donations.