Jack Astor’s GoFundMe raises over $9,000 for Toronto employee killed by suspected drunk driver

Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill has launched a GoFundMe page for its Front Street employee, Gregory Girgis, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver on July 1.

Girgis, 26, was crossing the street after his shift at Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill when he was tragically hit by a drunk driver, according to the restaurant’s GoFundMe page.

“There are no words to describe such a senseless act, and we have all been deeply affected by this tragedy,” the page read. “The Front Street team who knew him and worked with him described him as a genuinely happy person with a great sense of humor who was always ready to help and was a pleasure to work with. Our thoughts are with to his family, friends and colleagues during this very difficult time.”

The restaurant hopes to raise $10,000 for the Girgis’ family, and in just one day more than 100 people donated to the page, raising more than $9,000.

Girgis has been identified by his family according to CTV News. Toronto Police Services reported the crash happened at 11:41 p.m. on July 1 near Wellington Avenue West and University Avenue.

Police say a 26-year-old impaired driver in a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee ran through a red light while traveling west on Wellington Avenue West and collided with two other northbound vehicles on University Ave.

The three-vehicle collision resulted in the collision of two pedestrians, one of whom was Girgis, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other 32-year-old pedestrian suffered “serious injuries and was taken to hospital”, and the occupants of the two northbound vehicles were also sent to hospital with “minor injuries”.

The 26-year-old impaired driver, Nitan Thakur, was charged with six counts, including “Impaired operation causing death” and “Dangerous driving causing death”.

Narcity contacted Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill for comment, but they did not respond in time for publication.

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