When Larry Whitt got off work Monday January 14th, his wife was not there to pick him up.
"She is normally here. She was very punctual, never late to pick him up and when she didn't show up he knew that something was wrong," said Whitt's co-worker Holly Lanier.
None of his coworkers noticed him leave, but said they later found out that in his unease, Whitt began walking down Highway 75 toward his home in Sylvania. On his way, a driver noticed him out in the freezing rain and offered him a ride.
"He took the time out of his day to help someone that he didn't know. He was nice enough and gracious enough to stop and help," Lanier said.
Minutes later they came upon backed up traffic. Whitt got out of the car and walked up to the accident where he saw his wife's vehicle badly damaged. An officer on the scene told him she died in the wreck.
According to one of his co-workers, Whitt's wife Sara Jo Whitt had no life insurance and the couple has a 2-year-old daughter who suffers from seizures. Broken-hearted by the situation, his McDonalds family wanted to do something to help.
"Larry is such a great guy. He is so nice and friendly, he has nothing bad to say about anybody, he is a quiet person and has a two year old to raise by himself. They need all the help they can get," Lanier said.
They set up a donation fund in his name through McDonalds. Donations can be made at the McDonalds in Rainsville or to a P.O. Box address set up through the regional office:
PO BOX 680553
Fort Payne, AL 35986