The story of a south-city mother's final sacrifice spread across St. Louis Tuesday as friends and strangers alike donated thousands of dollars to support the ten-year-old daughter she left behind.
Colleen Segbers, 33, died Monday when a 58-year-old woman accidentally drove into her at a Walgreens at Gravois and Holly Hills avenues around 5:40 p.m. The St. Louis Fire Department told media that Segbers may have pushed her daughter, Gwen, out of the way in the nick of time, saving her life.
A Florida woman launched an online fundraiser for Segbers' funeral and family expenses, pledging to turn the money over to Segbers' daughter and her father. In less than a day, it had already raised more than $18,000 toward the $20,000 goal.
"There is so much to be said about Colleen and her beautiful free spirit," says Daashia Cochran, who started the fundraiser. "She was an outstanding mother, dependable and honest friend, an ambassador of doing the 'right thing' and do it now! She will be missed by many, and memories of her dancing, laughing, enjoying life, being a great example of a mother, friend, sister, daughter, co-worker, soldier for the greater good and the most recent about her heroic ending will echo eternally."
Daily RFT reached out to Cochran about the fundraiser. We'll update when we hear back.
Segbers and her daughter were leaving the Walgreens Monday afternoon when tragedy struck, according to police reports. The unidentified driver of the car, who was stopped in a handicap parking spot, was adjusting the radio when she noticed her car was in drive. She tried to change gears and put her car in park when the car suddenly accelerated. The driver tried to press down on the brakes, but the car accelerated faster.
The driver swerved to the left and hit Segbers, pinning her into a pillar. Segbers was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the driver is cooperating with the investigation. No one else was injured.
Here's the original report from St. Louis police:
Incident: Fatal Accident
Location: Gravois & Holly Hills
Date/Time: 09/22/14 @ 17:38
Victim: Colleen Segbers, a 33-year old white female of the 4100 block of Fillmore (Deceased)
Driver: 58-year old white female
The victim was struck by a vehicle as she and her 10-year daughter exited the Walgreens at this location. Investigation revealed a vehicle was parked in the handicap parking spot on the Walgreens parking lot facing west. The driver of the vehicle stated she was adjusting the radio when she noticed her vehicle was in drive, as she attempted to put her vehicle in park, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The driver stated she attempted to press the brake pedal, however, the vehicle accelerated faster. The driver noticed a pillar in front of her vehicle and swerved to the left and when she did the front of her vehicle struck the victim and the pillar, pinning the victim between the pillar and her vehicle. The victim was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver was transported to a local hospital where she is listed as stable. There were no other injuries reported. The driver is cooperating with police. The investigation is ongoing.