COLUMBUS Ga.- A David Pollard Memorial Fund has been set up for people wanting to make donations to the family, but on Wednesday some people were told their donations could not be accepted at the designated bank.
Marcel Hughley one of the administrators of the David Pollard Memorial Fund says he was in shock to hear that people were being turned away.
“I received some very upsetting news that people were getting turned away at the local Wells Fargo, trying to give back to the David Pollard Memorial and I reached out to the local Wells Fargo Bank Manager and we got everything situated,” said Hughley.
The David Pollard Memorial Fund was created after Coach Pollard was killed in a tragic three car accident on Monday.The driver of a stolen Audi still hasn’t been arrested which has left family and friends without closure.
Andy Hicks, the Assistant Baseball Coach at Carver High School, says he can’t believe that Wells Fargo would turn people away from donating.
“I’m hoping it was a mistake, for anybody to get turned around in a situation like this when they’re trying to donate to something like this to somebody who’s passed family that’s absurd to me. I just don’t see how that could happen,” said hicks.
Coach Charles Flowers, Pollard’s high school football and baseball coach was contacted about the issue.
“I received a phone call from a bank representative at Wells Fargo saying that several people had come by to donate funds on behalf of David Pollard and they had to be turned away because of an issue with the account I immediately called Coach Anson Hundley who was also David’s very close friend and coworker he said that he would check into the issue,” said Flowers.
News 3 reached out to Wells Fargo to get an explanation of what may have happened with the account.
They issued a statement which said:
“Due to a technology glitch, the David Pollard Memorial Fund was not readily available to receive donations. We are currently working to resolve this matter. Our thoughts are with the Pollard family and the Columbus community during this time of loss.”
Wells Fargo says they still have someone working to resolve this issue. If you plan on donating call your local branch beforehand to see if you are able to donate to the David Pollard Memorial Fund without knowing the bank account number.