People across West Alabama are coming together to raise money for the family of a community leader whose youngest son was badly injured in a deadly car accident earlier this month.

On August 22nd, a truck collided with a Ford Mustang at the intersection of Highway 43 and Flatwoods Road.

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The wreck seriously injured two people in the Mustang, who were both rushed to DCH Regional Medical Center for treatment. 21-year-old Maci Faulkner succumbed to her injuries and a 15-year-old was airlifted to a hospital in Birmingham in critical condition.

In a GoFundMe launched Tuesday afternoon, a friend of the family said the 15-year-old was Carter Jones, the youngest son of Donny Jones, the Chief Operating Officer of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and executive director of West Alabama Works.

According to the post, Carter Jones' condition is no longer life-threatening, but he is still being treated at a hospital in Birmingham. His parents are now splitting time between a Birmingham hotel and back in Tuscaloosa to comfort their oldest son Carson, who was Faulkner's longtime boyfriend.

As expenses mount to cover the cost of travel, hotel stays and medical bills, the GoFundMe asks the community to give what they can to support Jones, who has spent decades working to improve the lives of jobseekers in and around Tuscaloosa County.

In two hours, the campaign had raised more than $3,000 for the Joneses. As this family grapples with unthinkable tragedy, please consider contributing to the fundraiser and sharing it with friends.

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