Durant family seeks help with medical bills


By Anthony Conchel - aconchel@civitasmedia.com



Steve and Moriah Durant with their daughter Rosaria, who was killed in an automobile crash Dec. 7.


The Durant family lost a precious member last month.

Rosaria Durant, 4, died as the result of a two-vehicle crash Dec. 7 on State Route 257 in Concord Township, Delaware County.

Rosaria was buried Saturday in Michigan.

“She was a true angel,” said her mother Moriah Durant.

Her father, Steve Durant, sustained injuries including broken bones and internal organ injuries. Moriah’s injuries were limited to a shattered ankle.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, Calvin Thomas Richards, 20, of West Jefferson, Ohio, was operating a maroon 1997 Honda Accord northbound on State Route 257. Moriah Durant, 33, of Delaware, was operating a red 2015 Hyundai Sonata southbound on State Route 257.

Richards drove left of center striking Mrs. Durant’s vehicle. Richard later died as a result of the injuries received in the crash.

The family has received help from friends and family in the Delaware area and in Detroit, where the couple is now residing.

A GoFundMe page has been started with a goal of $50,000. Nearly $10,000 has been raised.

“All the money will go to medical expenses,” Moriah said Friday.

“We just want to say thank you for everyone’s support. Please pray for us. This is a very difficult time,” she said.

A crowdrise.com page also has been established. As of Friday $4,675 had been raised; the goal is $10,000.

This page was set up by Jim Fuqua, a fellow Rotary Club member. Steve is a longtime Rotarian.

“The family’s medical costs are considerable and expected to escalate with continued treatment,” the page states.

Moriah said it is unknown if Steve will be able to return to his work in the banking industry. He is in a Michigan hospital undergoing extensive rehabilitation.

His injuries include a fractured back, severed intestine, internal abdominal bleeding, a concussion and multiple broken limbs.

“The prayers are more important than the finances. Thank you to everyone,” Moriah said.

Steve and Moriah Durant with their daughter Rosaria, who was killed in an automobile crash Dec. 7.
http://delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_DurantFamily.jpgSteve and Moriah Durant with their daughter Rosaria, who was killed in an automobile crash Dec. 7.

By Anthony Conchel

aconchel@civitasmedia.com

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