Rusgrove family

Rusgrove family The Rusgrove family, father Thomas, mother Leslie, son Ethan, daughters Esther and Jennie Ruth and dog Wiley, are pictured.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – An original fundraising goal of $50,000 was met for a Todd family and organizers are now shooting for $100,000 to help the family following a fatal car wreck on I-26 near Orangeburg, S.C. on June 25.

Leslie Rusgrove and her 16-year-old son Ethan are recovering in a Columbia, S.C. hospital following the accident that killed Leslie’s husband Thomas Rusgrove, 37, and the couple’s two daughters Esther Rusgrove, 14, and Jennie Ruth Rusgrove, 11.

As of July 3 at 3:15 p.m., $58,275 has been raised by 732 people in less than a week, with the amount growing on a regular basis.

“We are humbled by the outpouring of support for Leslie and Ethan,” a message left by a family spokesperson on the GoFundMe page said. “Words cannot express our gratitude for the generosity of so many who have heard about this tragedy. Leslie is still in ICU but is showing signs of improvement, Ethan is beginning rehab and has a great attitude considering everything that has happened. Thank you for your continued prayers, comments and donations.”

The GoFundMe page can be found at

According to Cpl. E.W. Collins – a public information officer with the South Carolina State Highway Patrol – at around 1:15 p.m. on June 24, a semi-trailer truck traveling eastbound on I-26 at milemarker 154 near Orangeburg crossed over the median and struck a Toyota van head on. The van contained the Rusgrove family, who were traveling home following a trip to Florida. According to Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle, Thomas, Esther and Jennie Ruth died from blunt-force trauma as a result of the wreck.

The driver of the truck, Kevin Thomas of Mt. Airy, S.C., was transported to a local hospital with injuries, Collins said. Other details on the wreck will be determined after an investigation by the S.C. Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team, which could take weeks, according to Lance Cpl. David G. Jones, a public information officer with the S.C. SHP.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home, located at 62 VA Market Place Drive, Rocky Mount, Va., 24151. For further updates on a memorial service, visit

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