More than two months after the earthquake, Alaskans are still coming together to help one another

Wasilla, Alaska (KTUU) - Imagine driving down the road when all of a sudden, it's not there anymore.

That's what happened to Joe Fedewa as he was traveling along Vine Road in Wasilla at 8:29 a.m. on Nov. 30.

"The first time I felt it, it was just a bit of a jiggle," Fedewa said. "I thought I slipped on some ice, but then it straightened up, so I kept going. Then a few seconds later, there was a big jolt, and it felt like the front tire was falling off."

Fedewa was shaken up but thankfully uninjured after the magnitude seven earthquake wreaked havoc on his 2000 Buick LeSabre.

"It just happened so fast, I had no idea what was going on," Fedewa said. "I knew I wrecked the car, but I had no idea what I hit. The road has always been there, and it let me down. All of a sudden it wasn't there anymore."

Dmitry Kudryn, who produces videos for YouTube, lives near Vine Road and decided to check out the scene with his camera and a drone.

After learning that Fedewa's car was undrivable after the earthquake, Kudryn decided he wanted to help, so he started a GoFundMe page to raise funds to repair or replace Fedewa's vehicle.

"It wasn't my intent to actually start it, but when I met Joe, I just thought it was a great opportunity to be helpful," Kudryn said. "It's a bad event that happened to a good person, that could be turned around, and turned into a good event."

Fedewa, a retired carpenter, says that even still today, he's a bit shaken from the experience.

"It's hard to drive at night now because I don't trust the road," Fedewa said. "I think it's not going to be there sometimes."

But despite his anxiety, he's happy to have met a stranger who became a friend.

"We didn't know each other before, and kind of an interesting event brought us together and allowed us to be pretty good friends," Kudryn said.

Dmitry Kudryn's full video from the scene:

Dmitry Kudryn's full interview with Joe Fedewa:



 
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