Musician in Fiery Car Crash

On February 14th at 1:30AM, while on the way to play a  valentines day concert for the students at the University of Penn State Worthington Scranton in Pensylvania, Jesse hit a very bad patch of black ice where his car proceeded into a tailspin  across 4 lanes of traffic and landed in a group of nearby trees, immediately catching fire.

He was trapped inside the vehicle and had to kick the drivers side door open to break through the branches that the car was caught between. He was able to grab only guitar from the backseat before the entire car and the trees surrounding it started to burn.

Jesse lost everything that he had in the car with him, including the car itself. This was both his personal car, and touring van, loaded with everything be uses when he plays live. The gear (list below of all gear lost), merchandise, clothing, wallet, identification, credit cards, keys..everything was burned.
As any musician reading this knows, we live out of our vehicles like second homes.

Jesse was lucky to have had his cell phone in his pocket upon escaping the wreck and called the police after reaching a safe distance from the car where he was soon after met by Fire and Ambulance crews who treated a burn on his arm.

Jesse is now back in Nashville where he has started the road to recovery both physically mentally and emotionally, and now with the help of this campaign, financially.

The cost of what was lost exceeds the $10,000 that this campaign is trying to raise, but the goal is to be able to purchase a cheap vehicle and all of the gear back so that Jesse can resume touring, and get back to doing what he loves doing most.

The vehicle involved in the accident was paid for and only had liability insurance, hence cannot be covered by the policy.

In the end, everything that was lost is replaceable. Jesse escaped with his life and we are all thankful beyond comprehension for that.

Thank you again in advance for your generosity. If you can give even a dollar, anything will help at this point.

List of what was lost in the fire :

2004 Dodge Grand Caravan - Value $5000
Gear List : Board, Speakers, Microphone, Pedalboard, In Ear Rack System, Stage Signs - Value $6000
Merchandise - T Shirts and CDs - $2500
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Jesse Labelle 
Nashville, TN