A family is "putting together the pieces of a life that looks different" after the untimely death of a father of three.
RCMP Manitoba says speed and road conditions may have been a factor in a deadly crash on Wednesday when a semi collided with a minivan on Centreport Canada Way during the afternoon rush hour.
"Initial investigation shows that the semi was travelling east on Centreport Way when it took the curve, drove through the median, and collided with a minivan in the westbound lane of Centreport Way, ending up in the north ditch," the RCMP says in a statement.
The 37-year-old semi-truck driver was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, where he remains.
The driver of the minivan, 33-year-old Kyle Fritsch, was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he was later pronounced deceased.
"(Selena) and their kids have a long road ahead to grieve, cope and move forward in life without Kyle."
Fritsch was a father to three children; two daughters from his wife Selena's previous relationship, who are in high school and university, and a young son, whom he drove every day to and from daycare. The son was not in the van at the time of the crash.
An online fundraiser to provide support for Fritsch’s family describes him as a loving father and husband. "I have known Kyle for over a decade and his wife Selena for over two decades now, and watched Kyle and Selena build a life together. Kyle adored his son Jack and built relationships with his daughters, who were still little girls when he came into their lives," Jillian Dyson, organizer of the GoFundMe for the family writes.
Dyson says Fritsch was a loving father and passionate about photography.
"(Selena) and their kids have a long road ahead to grieve, cope and move forward in life without Kyle," Dyson says. "Kyle's family will be grieving and putting together the pieces of a life that looks different now. I would like for Selena and her kids to just focus on grieving instead of bills. "
Dyson says Fritsch did not have life insurance. The goal of her fundraiser is to help the family pay for a memorial and the added expenses they will need as they grieve. So far, 31 people have donated to the family.