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Fundraiser underway for 2 ISU students critically injured in crash in Normal

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An online fundraiser is underway to help cover medical bills for two Illinois State University students critically injured last week when they were struck by a vehicle in Normal.

An ISU spokesperson confirmed the two injured students are Carson Bates and Mike Burns. Both are seniors from Plainfield. They were hit while walking outside Pub II in Normal around 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 15.

Last week, Normal Police said one of the victims had to be flown to a hospital in Champaign-Urbana. According to the GoFundMe campaign, both men were airlifted to the hospital.

Evan Woltman, who set up the fundraiser, said the money raised will be given directly to the families for medical bills, hotel and travel costs, and other related expenses.

“Due to the extent of treatment required, both families will be dealing with significant medical expenses,” Woltman wrote. “We want to see our friends come home, and supporting their families is what matters most to us right now. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers."

As of Monday evening, the campaign had raised $44,000 toward its $100,000 goal.

Staff at ISU’s Dean of Students office also has reached out to the families to offer support, according to university spokesperson Eric Jome.

“The thoughts of the ISU community are with them and their families during this difficult time,” Jome said.

Normal Police have not provided any additional information regarding the accident, including anything about the driver.

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