Mom, 23, heading home from Walmart killed in West Palm-area crash


Natalie Galvis was supposed to be celebrating her daughter’s second birthday this weekend. 

She was Galvis’ world, said Rich Canfield III, the little girl’s father. 

Galvis, 23, was killed early Monday in a crash a block from the home she shared with Canfield. Her family will celebrate her life with a service Friday at Tillman Funeral Home, according to an obituary on the funeral home’s website.

Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities said Galvis’ Ford Focus crashed with a pickup shortly before 3 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Belvedere Road and Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach.

The 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 flipped on its side south of the intersection and crashed into a wooden Florida Power & Light pole. The driver, 27-year-old Bradley Gardner of Royal Palm Beach, sustained only minor injuries, authorities said. He was wearing a seat belt, according to sheriff’s records.

Galvis’ 2009 Ford Focus stopped in the bushes on the northeast side of the BP gas station just south of the intersection. Galvis, who authorities said was not wearing a seat belt, died from her injuries. 

Canfield said Galvis had stopped at a Walmart earlier that morning, though it is unclear which one. She spent $6 there, he said. It was not immediately known what she bought. 

Galvis had been staying with a friend near Lake Worth, not with Canfield in their Haverhill home, Canfield said. However, he suspects Galvis was heading back to their home.

Records indicate she was a block away. 

“She is the most amazing person I’ve ever met,” Canfield said. “She had a big heart and was respectful to everyone.”

Galvis’ family set up a GoFundMe page to help support Galvis’ daughter, Mariana. Any money raised will go toward the little girl’s education, according to the page. 

Authorities are investigating whether the Focus or the pickup ran a red light at the intersection, and they are testing Gardner’s blood to see whether he was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

   



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