Mother Lode residents and runners across the country are raising money for the family of Sonora resident Amy Wayne, 27, who was killed last month after being struck by a vehicle during her morning jog on Jamestown Road.
Employees of AT&T in Sonora, where Wayne’s husband works, set up an online donation page a few days after the Oct. 26 accident and have raised more than $6,000.
A group of women from around the United States who are connected through an online community for “running moms” also have organized an upcoming “virtual run.”
Sandra Sturzenacker, the Sonora woman who was running with Wayne that morning, is part of the online group.
The “virtual run” will allow people to participate from any location at any time, and run or walk as many miles as they choose. The only requirement is that they run or walk between Nov. 26, the one-month anniversary of the accident, and Dec. 2.
Participants contribute different donations depending on how many miles they run — $5 for one mile, $15 for four miles and $25 for five or more miles.
In addition to raising money for Wayne’s husband, Travis, and 2-year-old daughter, Adalee, the run aims to raise awareness about running safety.
Wayne was abiding by pedestrian laws and wearing a safety light, but the women hope the event will help increase vigilance among both runners and drivers.
People interested in participating can sign up by typing “Amy’s Awareness Run” into the Google search engine and selecting the link that says “Amy’s Awareness Run — Google Docs.”
Participants will receive memorial bibs to wear while they run or walk.
“It’s pretty exciting to see people come together and help,” said Sonora AT&T employee Bonnie Bettencourt.
Bettencourt said members of the Mother Lode community were coming into the store to make donations so often that the employees got together and decided to set up the donation website — www.gofundme.com/waynefamily.
“We had kind of an overwhelming amount of people wanting to do things for the family to help them get back on their feet,” she said. “They’re a really wonderful family and they deserve all of the help we can get them.”
Wayne was hit by a 1999 Toyota while she was jogging south on Jamestown Road around 6:30 a.m.
The driver, 22-year-old Tashina Hatler, of Jamestown, was driving about 40 mph when she hit Wayne and told investigating officers she did not see her.
A CHP officer conducted a sobriety test at the scene and determined Hatler was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The accident is still under investigation.
Amy Wayne virtual awareness run
For information on the virtual run, Google “Amy’s Awareness Run,” or see http://hungrigyrl.blogspot.com/2012/11/amys-awareness-run-runnersafety.html