09/28/2015 01:45 EDT | Updated 09/29/2015 11:59 EDT

Neville-Lake Family Fundraising Page Set Up After Crash Kills 3 Kids, Grandfather

All proceeds raised will go to the family "to help lighten the pain that this family has been faced with."

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Hundreds of people are donating to the Ontario family who lost three children and their grandfather in a crash involving a suspected impaired driver.

The family was travelling in a van on Sunday afternoon in Vaughan, Ont. when it was T-boned by another vehicle, said emergency officials. A 29-year-old man has been charged with 18 offences related to impaired driving and dangerous driving.

A GoFundMe page identified the children, who were aged two, five, and nine.

The fundraiser was set up "to help lighten the pain that this family has been faced with." Over 1,000 people have donated over $48,000 within 16 hours, surpassing the initial goal of $5,000.

Many comments on the page were from strangers.

"Hello; You don't know me but through such a senseless and tragic event I know of you, your family and the loss that you suffered. There are NO words that will ever stop the ache your heart is feeling for your three Angels Henry, Milly and Daniel or for your father," Shirley Duguay Richards wrote.

"I pray that this family can deal with this most horrific event. The loss of your father and all three of your children is absolutely heart-wrenching. My condolences xo," Diane Harney wrote.

With files from The Canadian Press