Where are all the Muslims to help pay for this??
Grieving family faces massive bills
By BILL KAUFMANN, QMI Agency
- Susan Wequar, 22, grips a photo as others gather outside a Martindale home in northeast Calgary Thursday to remember Zahra Rashidy, who was killed in a car accident in Reno, Nev. (Jim Wells, QMI Agency)
CALGARY – Relatives of a Calgary teen killed in an SUV rollover in Nevada fear her severely injured mother could also die.
They also set up a trust fund Thursday to pay for massive medical bills for the uninsured family, two days after their Nissan Pathfinder went out of control on I-80 about 150 km northeast of Reno.
Zahra Rashidy, 15, was killed, her mother, Sadaf and sister Nilab badly hurt and father Mohammad, 49, suffered multiple fractures in the accident while the family was on their way to a wedding in California.
The family is devastated not only by Zahra’s death but by the uninsured relatives’ huge medical bills in the U.S., said Yelda Weqar, the dead girl’s cousin.
“I’m sure it’s over a million dollars now — there were two helicopters and three ambulances,” she said.
“Her father can’t work now.”
Zahra, Nilab and their brother, Sajjad weren’t wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the SUV.
Sadaf Rashidy was in a coma and undergoing surgery Thursday, said Weqar while sister Nilab, 18, suffering from a broken neck and back, was deliriously asking about Zahra over the phone.
“She kept asking me about her sister and I said she’ll be alright … if she finds out, she’ll just scream,” said the teen.
“She says Zahra saved her because she and her brother landed on her.”
Zahra had moved to Canada from Afghanistan about eight years ago. “This was her first big trip outside Calgary,” Weqar said.
Zahra’s body is due to arrive in Calgary Friday, but the family won’t schedule a funeral yet because her injured family members wouldn’t be able to attend for some time, said Weqar.
She said the three were probably wearing seatbelts until they made a stop in Nevada just before the accident. “There was only three hours to go and they were so excited — they likely forgot to do them up again,” she said.
Donations to a trust fund can be made at any ATB Financial branch.