Naomi Danielson’s car was flipped on its side Saturday night after UND won its eighth NCAA hockey championship in the Frozen Four.
Now, a Grand Forks man wants to help her “unflip” it.
Billy Tibert set up a GoFundMe account Monday titled “Unflip Naomi’s Car” after he learned Danielson’s silver 2004 Toyota Prius had been flipped Saturday night on the 2500 block of Sixth Avenue North in Grand Forks, near the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
“It’s not something she should have to worry about or be inconvenienced for living in that area,” said Tibert, who is a UND alumnus and hockey fan.
Tibert, who lives on the south side of Grand Forks, said he used to live in the area the Prius was flipped, so he knows what hockey celebrations can be like.
Still, he was a bit surprised to hear the car was flipped.
“It’s something that you see happen in the bigger cities,” Tibert said. “Grand Forks, we’re smaller. We should come together and just make it right for her.”
The site has a goal of raising $5,000. As of Tuesday evening, 23 people had donated $640 in 19 hours.
Danielson said she was surprised when she heard about the GoFundMe from her sister.
“It was even more surprising because it’s someone I don’t even know,” Danielson said.
After Tibert heard about Danielson’s car, he posted on Facebook that someone should set up a fundraiser to help Danielson with any damages. Then he realized he could do it himself.
Danielson just wants to get her car running again. She’s been having Modern Auto Body on 24th Avenue South look at it, and some of the damage includes a bent fender that’s keeping the passenger door from opening and a crushed mirror on the driver’s side. An early estimate for the repairs is $4,450, she said. Just putting the car upright and towing it to the body shop cost her $300, she said.
Danielson said her insurance won’t cover the damage.
Tibert said even if the site raises more than the cost of the repairs, he hopes the money can help with any stress or issues Danielson has faced in trying to get her car fixed.
He added he had heard about other vandalism after the hockey game Saturday, but Danielson’s car being flipped stood out to him, so he wanted to help.
Police have not announced any arrests in the investigation into who flipped Danielson’s car.
Police also received a report that a group of people who struck and broke some accessories off of a parked vehicle in the 500 block of Fourth Avenue North after the hockey game.