LINCOLN SQUARE — Friends have launched a GoFundMe campaign for the two young children of postal carrier Passion Thomas Overstreet-Vinnett, who was killed Saturday in a freak accident while walking her route in Bowmanville.
Remembered as "vibrant" and "always smiling," Overstreet-Vinnett, 28, left behind daughter Arianna and son Brayden, both under age 10.
"2 Lil precious babies have lost their everything," a friend posted on Facebook.
"No child should be stripped away from their mother at such a young age," organizers wrote on the GoFundMe page description. "As we wrap our arms around her children please keep her children in your prayers."
The site has a goal of $6,000 to help support the youngsters (click here).
Overstreet-Vinnett began working at the Ravenswood Post Office, 2522 W. Lawrence Ave., in May, according to postal staff.
She was on her route Saturday morning when the accident occurred at Super Car Wash, 5450 N. Damen Ave.
Video surveillance footage, which owner Baito Chikko played for DNAinfo, showed an auto in the car wash's driveway, waiting for the overhead door to open.
First, a pedestrian and a dog walked by on the sidewalk, between the car and the car wash. Then Overstreet-Vinnett approached, pushing her mail cart, and the car lurched forward, hitting and pinning her to the car wash door.
The suddenness of the loss left the carrier's family and friends reeling, with condolences pouring in on social media:
"I never lost a friend before. I don't even know how to process this news! I don't even believe I'm sayin Rest In Peace to u. Such a beautiful person gone way to soon."
"I still can't believe you are gone, our last conversation will forever play in my head. im waiting for someone to tell me that this is a joke."
"U don't wanna question god. But I still find myself asking y u?!!"