BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Bridgeport man who rushed in to save the victim of a car crash in Westport last week said he is grateful after receiving more than $50,000 in donations to help him get back on his feet, but has asked supporters to stop sending donations.
A GoFundMe page was set up for 32-year-old Aaron Tucker of Bridgeport last week. Tucker was on his way to a job interview from the halfway house in Bridgeport where he lives when a car flipped near the bus he was aboard. He jumped off the bus to help the victim, missing his job interview and even using his shirt to wrap around the victim's head.
The GoFundMe page raised more than $53,000 in three days to help Tucker and his family get back on their feet while he searches for a new job.
In a comment on the GoFundMe campaign, Tucker wrote, "I want everyone to know that I am so grateful for all of the support may God be with you all."
"But I am asking everyone to please stop sending donations because someone has broke into this account and tried to withdraw all of the funds so I feel that no one should take the chances of losing they hard earned money only when they are trying to do a kind thing."
The Connecticut Post reported that the attempt to withdraw money from the campaign was unsuccessful, and that despite Tucker asking people to stop sending donations, the money kept coming in.
Tucker is trying to obtain a new Social Security card so that he can get a photo ID and gain access to the money, according to the Connecticut Post. Tucker has numerous convictions on assault, drugs and weapons charges, and told the Connecticut Post that he is trying to turn his life around, with the hope of starting a business and establishing a college fund for his son.
He had posted a video on Facebook saying that people had attempted to get money from him after news of the campaign spread, the Connecticut Post reported. On Monday morning he posted a new video on Facebook, expressing his gratitude to the people who donated and to Karin Dale, who established the GoFundMe.
"For the record, Kain Dale, that's doing the GoFundMe page, she's the best in the world. I never met no one like this, and I really thank you for coming into my life, because she really did help me change my life. And I'm in that process," Tucker said.
"And everybody else, I just want to thank you. Just stay humble, be strong, make something out of your life like I'm trying to do," he said. "It took me a while to realize that this street stuff is not worth it. All you're gonna do is get yourself jammed up and be in a bad situation. Don't do it, leave it alone."
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