Texas A&M Student, 19, Killed While Helping His Friend Push a Stalled Car Near Campus

Joelle Goldstein
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Facebook Javion Thomas with his mom, Tracci Lynch

A student from Texas A&M University-Commerce died after he was involved in an accident while helping someone in need, the school confirmed.

Javion Thomas, a 19-year-old electrical engineering major from Dallas, died on Tuesday from injuries that he sustained in the tragic incident, according to a statement from his university.

Michael Johnson, the executive director of marketing and communications at the university, told The Herald Banner that Thomas was on his way back to campus when he noticed someone on Culver Street in Commerce with a stalled car.

"He stopped to help the person. At some point after stopping, an accident occurred and Javion was injured, and he later passed away from those injuries," Johnson explained to the outlet. "He was just a good kid doing something good for someone."

Thomas’s aunt, Veronica Lynch-Davis, added to a local radio station, KRLD, that the broken-down car belonged to her nephew's friend.

Despite having a back injury, Lynch-Davis said Thomas was among a group of people who were helping push the vehicle. Thomas' mom, Tracci Lynch, adds to PEOPLE that a separate car was following behind the group and ultimately struck her 19-year-old.

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"He was the one who had major surgery on his spine," Lynch-Davis explained to KRLD. "He was always wanting to help and willing to help. And at one time, because of his spine, he couldn’t help pick up things anymore and he hated it when he moved in because we had to help him. And that was not in his nature."

In the wake of the tragedy, a GoFundMe page was set up for Thomas' family to assist with funeral expenses. So far, the fundraiser has brought in over $8,000.

Texas A&M University-Commerce also announced they would be lowering their university flag to half-staff on Thursday in memory of Thomas, as well as offering counseling services to any students who needed them.

While loved ones continue to grieve, Thomas' mother has been expressing her heartbreak in a number of posts on Facebook.

In a post on Nov. 10, Lynch disclosed that her son was a registered organ donor and was once again helping others in his final moments of life.

"You touched and changed so many lives," the grieving mother wrote in a follow-up post. "Your strength throughout your life and how you handled your adversities in life proves that God has made you different from the rest."

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Speaking to PEOPLE, Lynch says of her son, "Javion touched the lives of all who knew him. He was an amazing young man and helping any in need was just a part of who he was. He always checked to see if his brothers and I needed anything and some days, even before I got out of bed, he would have already ordered pizza and had it delivered by Uber."

"He just liked knowing that he could help be there for his brothers," she continues. "He graduated from high school top of his class. Even with having severe scoliosis, he still played varsity basketball [and] was an assistant with his school's football team."

Lynch adds that her son was a volunteer with the Cedar Hill Retirement Home, a local animal shelter and helped feed the homeless at a downtown Dallas shelter.

"He was supposed to start an internship with Scottish rite under their engineering program, and he was inducted into the National Honor Society not just in high school but at his college, as well," she notes. "My son will truly be missed by all who loved him. Heaven has truly gained an Angel."

Those interested in donating to Thomas' GoFundMe can do so here.