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Friends of motorcycle crash victims hold fundraiser

Marathon Gas Station owners raise money to help the children of a couple who died August 11 in a motorcycle accident.

Posted: Aug. 16, 2018 6:25 PM

FORT WAYNE, IND. (WFFT)- Manjuit Banwait and her husband Tony own the Marathon Gas Station on West Dupont Road. Banwait says she loves connecting with her customers everyday. But tragically, two of her regular customers Michael Kane Jr. and Christine Kane, died August 11 when the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a car that went over the center line. Michael died at the scene and Christina died later at the hospital.

"Christie and mike weren't just our customers. They became a part of our family. I've known mike for over 11 years," said Banwait.

The couple leaves behind two teenagers. Banwait says Michael and Christina weren't just regular customers, they developed a friendship. Now the Banwait's want to raise money for the children with fundraising jars at the gas station.

"The kids are left without their parents at a young age and it's devastating. The love from the community is phenomenal and we appreciate everyone trying to help the family get through this difficult time," said Banwait.

The donations will be matched. One of the gas station employees says she's touched by all of the community support.

"I'm happy with the community that they've been putting towards so much to this cause they need," said Desiree Berger.

A memorial service was held today and the couple's funeral will be held Monday in Pennsylvania.

To donate to the family, visit the GoFundMe page, or drop your money in the fundraising jars at 1828 West Dupont Road. 

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