Fundraiser set up for FD boy who died in crash

A fundraiser has been set up on social media to help transport a Fort Dodge boy’s body back to Iowa after he was killed in crash on Wednesday morning.

Dray Canavan, 14, was one of three people from Fort Dodge who died in the single-vehicle crash in Benton County, Missouri.

The fundraiser, titled “Help Bring Dray Home,” has been set up on Facebook.

In the post, the author said, “Dray Canavan had an unforgettable smile and eyelashes for days as his mother would say. He was funny, quick-witted and loved his friends and family. He was very loyal and didn’t hesitate to defend them or help them when in need. To say Dray had a huge heart would be an understatement. This world will not be the same without him, especially for his family.”

The author continued, “The family is now facing the unexpected cost of a funeral and getting Dray transported from Missouri back to Iowa where family and friends can say their final “goodbyes.'”

On Wednesday, Canavan was in a 2002 Mercury driven by Richard Davis, 20. Matayah McLoughlin, 18, was a passenger.

Davis was traveling southbound on Missouri Highway 7, south of Route-M, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

The driver failed to negotiate the curve, traveled off the left side of the road and struck a tree, according to the Highway Patrol.

It’s not clear what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway.

Davis, McLoughlin and Canavan were each pronounced dead on scene.

The bodies were transported to the Boone County medical examiner’s office by the Benton County coroner.


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