SANDERSON, Fla. -- Shortly after Timothy Leighton's fiancee died in a car crash, he lost his job. Now he has mounting medical bills and still hasn't paid for his fiancee's funeral.
Leighton, 26, said he and Maranda Merrett, met in high school and had been together for 10 years.
Tragically, Merrett, 22, was killed in a car crash the day before Thanksgiving of last year. "I didn't think in a million years I'd lose her," said Leighton.
Their daughter, who is 2-years-old now, was in the backseat of the car during the accident that killed her mom. Now, when Leighton asks his daughter, Jada, "Where is your mommy?" Jada says, "With Jesus."
Jada broke her leg in a couple of spots in the accident and a year later she still has at least one more surgery to undergo. But Leighton said her recovery has been the only thing that's gone smoothly since the car crash.
"Everything went downhill," he said.
Leighton lost his job and his only vehicle broke down. The truck is running now, but he can't afford the tags for it, and he said he also has mounting medical and funeral expenses.
After his power was turned off, Leighton had no choice but to move in with family, he said. "I just need to get back on my feet. I'm not a lazy person, I just need a little bit of help to get back on my feet," he said.
He said his family is always there, but financially they can't help. "It is pretty rough. I got to make it for that little girl out there," he said, pointing to Jada.
To help out, Leighton's sister has opened a donation account with VyStar Credit Union. The account number is 702-795-544.
First Coast News