Illinois man, 45, dies after falling out of car while collecting food for daughter's Girl Scout troop

Doctors found Aaron LaMore's injuries were too grievous and so his family decided he be taken off life support and his organs be donated

Illinois man, 45, dies after falling out of car while collecting food for daughter's Girl Scout troop
Aaron LaMore, an army veteran and an organ donor, was taken off life support on November 11 (Screenshot from GoFungMe page)
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NEW LENOX, ILLINOIS: An Illinois man died after meeting with an accident while helping his 12-year-old daughter collect canned food donations for her Girl Scout troop. Aaron LaMore, a tollway supervisor, was riding in the car's open hatchback to pick up donations when the 45-year-old fell and hit his head on the pavement, on November 6.

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The car was traveling at 5mph when the incident took place. "They didn’t even get to the first house, when he lost his footing, fell backwards out of the car onto the pavement, and struck his head on the back," stated his brother-in-law Ryan Talaga to Patch. LaMore was initially able to somehow get up and walk to the ambulance. However, his condition drastically declined on his arrival at Silver Cross Hospital

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Doctors discovered LaMore had sustained multiple skull fractures coupled with swelling and bleeding in the brain after the fall. Moreover, they were attempting to transport him to the University of Chicago Hospital. While waiting for transportation, he suffered a cardiac arrest for four minutes. "His injuries were grave at that time, irreversible damage," Talaga said. His family was left with the decision to "find some good from their loss", Talaga told the outlet. Thus, they moved to make him an organ donor with Gift of Hope and decided to take him off life support.  "We tried to turn a terrible situation into a situation that gives us a little sense of peace, working with Gift of Hope," Talaga said.

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LaMore, an army veteran and an organ donor, was taken off life support on November 11, Veterans Day. He left behind his wife of 16 years, Erin, and their daughter Mia. "This is the worst thing that could happen to my sister and my niece, but knowing that he’s able to save lives, gives them some peace," Talaga said. The University of Chicago held an Honor Walk before LaMore as he saved several lives by donating his kidneys, liver, tissue, and heart. "He was very selfless. Any time I needed something, he would help me, take the time to walk me through it. ... He would always give as much as he could," Talaga told Patch

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LaMore's family members created a GoFundMe page to help cover the expenses and medical bills as well as the cost of his daughter's future education. "Their burden is heavy, and we want to help lighten the load," read the message on the fundraiser, which had garnered  $36,313 at the time of writing. "It’ll be challenging, but you just have to take it one day at a time and do the best you can," said Talaga when asked about how the family was coping. 

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A funeral service for LaMore was held at Parkview Christian Church on Friday, November 18, at 10:30 am. The late veteran was buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, according to Patch.

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