OTA sets up scholarship to honour hero who died in Hwy 400 crash

Avatar photo

GANANOQUE, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association has established a scholarship endowment of $40,000 for children of Ontario truck drivers who are killed or seriously injured on the job in honour of David Virgoe, a truck driver who died last week in a crash caused by street racers on Highway 400.

Virgoe has been lauded a true hero since the crash because he directed his tanker off the highway to prevent it from crossing into oncoming traffic.

“Mr. Virgoes selfless act and the kind of person he was epitomizes all that is good about the trucking industry. He was a model trucker, always willing to stop and provide assistance at roadside, a father, a grandfather and a decent human being,” said David Bradley, president of the OTA. “He, like all truck drivers, faced risks every day he was out on the road. Sadly he made the supreme sacrifice because of the reckless actions of a few others. But, in doing so he saved the lives of others.”

The perpetual scholarship fund will be administered by the OTA Education Foundation, established by the association to provide scholarships to children of trucking industry families for off-setting the cost of post-secondary education.

Avatar photo

Truck News is Canada's leading trucking newspaper - news and information for trucking companies, owner/operators, truck drivers and logistics professionals working in the Canadian trucking industry.

Have your say

This is a moderated forum. Comments will no longer be published unless they are accompanied by a first and last name and a verifiable email address. (Today's Trucking will not publish or share the email address.) Profane language and content deemed to be libelous, racist, or threatening in nature will not be published under any circumstances.