KIRKLAND – Donations have poured in to online fundraising efforts for the families of two 21-year-old men who died Saturday in an off-road vehicle crash near Kirkland.
Dakota M. Sikula, 21, of 45W963 Allen Road, Hampshire, and Douglas W. Wallace Jr., 21, of 4783 Cherry Valley Road, Kirkland, were killed in the crash Saturday on Cherry Valley Road north of Kirkland in DeKalb County.
A GoFundMe page for Sikula's family had raised more than $9,000 as of Wednesday evening, more than its $5,000 goal. The page was created by Stephanie Kay of Hampshire to help the man's family. The number of donors was approaching 200.
"Dale was a thoughtful and loving son, brother, cousin, and friend to all who knew him," Kay wrote on the page. "He wouldn't hesitate to go out of his way, no matter how far, to help anyone in need day or night."
Kay wrote that the page would be kept open through the end of next week, when the donations would be given directly to the Sikula family.
A GoFundMe page for Wallace's family had raised more than $8,000 as of Wednesday evening, surpassing its $5,000 goal with donations from more than 160 people. The fund was created by Melissa Connolly of Algonquin to "give DJ the funeral he and his family deserve."
"DJ was hardworking, dedicated and full of life," Connolly wrote on the page. "His million dollar smile could light up the darkest of days. He always brought happiness and touched every life he ever met. He had the biggest heart there was, and we all loved him dearly."
Wallace was driving a 1997 Yamaha dirt bike without lights at 7:37 p.m. Saturday on Cherry Valley Road west of Bucks Road near his home on Cherry Valley Road. Sikula was driving a 2002 Honda ATV with his lights on, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Both men died at the scene after colliding head-on, police said.
Donations for Sikula's family can be made at www.gofundme.com/dakota-dale-sikula-memorial-fund.
Donations for Wallace's family can be made at www.gofundme.com/djs-funeral-fund.
The sheriff’s office and the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office are investigating the crash.