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Classmates, friends react to fatal accident in Lebanon County

Updated: Friday, August 30 2013, 04:20 PM CDT
Written by: Jesse Knutson

LEBANON -- One teen is dead and three others are in the hospital after a car accident in Lebanon County. Police say 18-year-old Beau Hewitt was driving 17-year-old Katelyn Readinger, and twin brother and sister, 18-year-olds Dkota and Aicias Wolf around 9:15 Sunday night, when they crashed into a utility pole on Kercher Avenue in North Lebanon Township.

None of the teens were wearing seatbelts.  Police say the car was unable to negotiate a turn. Dkota Wolf died in the crash, and the other three teens were transferred to Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Its just kind of sinking in that this happened. Its just like, wow, Koye Brown, a friend and fellow classmate of Beau Hewitt, said.

Brown, along with Austin Boyer, went to the crash site Monday night to reflect on what happened. A lot of people were talking about it, Boyer said. At first I didnt believe it. They didnt believe it either, because they saw it on Facebook. How can you believe that?

Now friends of Dkota and Aicias mother, Tammy Warner, are spearheading fundraising efforts to pay for Dkotas funeral and Aicias medical expenses. Both Dkota and Aicias graduated from Cedar Crest High School last year.

Aicias is set to undergo hip and pelvic surgery on Tuesday at Hershey Medical Center.

Its just so devastating that you have twins, two children that were born together that you want to see live their entire life out together, and its just really devastating that one is now gone, Laura Sterling, a friend of Warners, said.

Sterling, along with Gretchen Manzella and her daughter Kaila Lundgren have launched numerous fundraising efforts to aid Warner.

I was just so sad for her as a mom, Manzella said. I have a son and daughters, and I just felt tremendously sad and I just wanted to do anything I could to help her out.

Lundgren graduated from Penn State this month, and came up with the idea to raise money through a bake sale and through canning, like Penn State students do for Thon. Being at Penn State and Thon and doing canning and raising a lot of money for pediatric cancer, I thought it would be a good idea to start the canning and collecting money.

Sterling launched an online fundraising effort online at www.giveforward.com, a website that helps people raise money towards medical expenses.

My hope is that people out there who know a single mom, who has worked 3 jobs, that has had a really difficult life, and has done the best that they can for their children, will think about Tammy and what shes going through and just donate a couple of dollars, Sterling explained.

The direct link to the donation site can be found here.
At this time, police are still investigating the crash, and have not determined if speed, texting, alcohol, or drugs were a factor. Classmates, friends react to fatal accident in Lebanon County


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