Support Swells For Family Of Father Killed By Falling Tree Over Carnival Weekend
Dan Udrea moved to Malta with his family seven years ago
An online fundraising page has been set up for the family of Dan Udrea, the 38-year old Romanian man who died after a tree fell on his car in the storm that hit the Maltese islands over Carnival weekend.
The GoFundMe page was set up by Dan's brother-in-law, describes the tragic event, saying "it must be a joke, it is impossible, I cannot believe it, when you read the text message at six in the morning: “Dan died.” It is hard to imagine that someone could be taken from this world so suddenly."
Dan had been living and working in Malta for the last seven years. He had moved to Malta with his wife Irina in search of a better life. They had settled down here, and had two sons, three-year-old Edy and six-month-old Oli.
They were on the verge of buying an apartment and settling down in Malta for good when Dan was killed.
Dan and his wife had been at work doing his delivery rounds on the morning of his death. While he died instantly, his wife was found in the wreckage with an open skull injury. She is currently in hospital with grievous injuries. Their two sons were waiting for them at home and were not in the car.
A local Maltese businesswoman who regularly saw Dan as he worked said, "I have seen this man and his family nearly everyday since I have had my shop. Always with a big smile on his face. Very sad news. My thoughts go out to his wife may she pull through so she can be with her son. Life can be cruel at times."
As the GoFundMe statement explains, "all their dreams hopes were crashed this morning February 10th at 6:30 AM. Today doctors closely monitor Irina for complications from her skull injury and the family has to find the way to repatriate Dan's body back to Romania and arrange the funeral."
The GoFundMe page hopes to gather enough funds to "provide financial support to the family to pay for the repatriation, transportation, funeral and medical expenses." They are also asking people to support Dan's wife Irina and their two children.
Over 65 people have already pledged their support in less than 24 hours, with nearly a quarter of the funds needed already collected.