GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The family of the man who died in a fiery crash on the Gold Star Bridge in Groton spoke exclusively to News 8 on Monday.

Wallace Fauquet III, a 42-year-old from Gales Ferry, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were injured.

A GoFundMe campaign quickly surpassed its goal of raising $100,000 for the family of a man killed in a fatal crash Friday on the Gold Star Bridge. The campaign, created Saturday, had raised more than $140,000 as of Monday. About 2,800 people have donated to the campaign.

Police said that a Toyota Avalon’s tire blew, causing the vehicle to swerve in front of a merging home heating oil delivery truck. The tanker hit the back of the passenger vehicle, which caused the truck to roll over and catch fire.

Fauquet leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Elaine, and four children.

Rosemary O’Lone, the aunt of Fauquet’s wife, told News 8 that he was working overtime and was just hours away from a weekend camping trip when the crash happened.

“He leaves a big shadow,” O’Lone said. “He was the life blood.”

Fauquet’s family describe him as a hard-working, caring and loving father, son, brother and husband who would help anyone and everyone in need.

“He made it his priority to lend a helping hand,” O’Lone said. “He would always stop when he came across a broken-down vehicle. He was a selfless, get-it-done kind of guy.”

Elaine Fauquet works near the Gold Star Bridge. She heard the vehicle involved was similar to her husband’s and when she called his employer, McCarthy Heating Oil Service, they told her everyone was accounted for except for Fauquet, the family said. Confirmation from authorities wouldn’t come for six more hours.

In a statement to News 8, McCarthy Heating Oil Service said Fauquet was “a wonderful friend and loyal employee.”

“Wally will be greatly missed,” the statement read. “His energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Our love and prayers go out to his lovely wife, Elaine and children. May he rest in peace. We want to thank all of our customers, friends, family, and everyone who has called to express their love and support at this difficult time.”

“He was the primary breadwinner,” O’Lone said. “They will need support for years to come. The financial is a big consideration. It will never replace the hole in their hearts.”

O’Lone said the community’s support has helped the family get through the past few days.

“She [Elaine] feels the love that everybody has so generously given and the comments are astounding and has brought them so much comfort,” O’Lone said.