Family members of a Latrobe man who died as the result of a vehicle accident near Westmoreland Mall last week have started a pair of fundraisers to pay for funeral and medical expenses.
Justin Bibel, 29, died Thursday at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, family members told multiple media outlets.
According to Westmoreland County 911, the single-vehicle crash involving Bibel occurred along Route 30 West in Hempfield Township just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
His wife, Monica Lea Bibel, said he had shown signs of progress in the hospital before passing away.
“He did anything for his family,” she told WTAE-TV (Channel 4). “Anything for his friends. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.”
Aside from his wife, Justin Bibel is survived by his five children, Jeremy Bibel, 13, Racheal Zack-Bibel, 12, Amanda Bibel, 11, Rylea Bibel, 6, and Todd Bibel, 3; his parents, Saundra and Vance Bibel, and a brother, Nicholas Bibel.
Saundra Bibel told WTAE that her son’s death is “hard because of how many people he left behind. Especially the little ones, 3 and 6 years old. That’s what’s hard.”
Justin Bibel’s oldest child, Jeremy, told the TV station that his dad “really helped me out through the years. He’s taught me many things. He’s been a great support to the entire family, and I know even though he’s gone as a person, I can still feel him in my heart.”
Justin Bibel worked as a butcher at the Eastgate Plaza Giant Eagle in Hempfield Township and also served in the U.S. Army, per media reports.
A pair of fundraisers on Facebook will help the family pay for funeral and medical expenses, in addition to a headstone. To date, the fundraisers — one started by his wife and another by his brother — have raised more than $8,000 combined. The family also plans to donate Justin’s organs, they told WTAE.