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One teen killed, three injured, in Lebanon Co. crash

Updated: Monday, August 26 2013, 08:08 PM CDT
Reported by Chris Papst:

HERSHEY -- A community is in mourning after a crash left one teenager dead and three others seriously injured.   Neighbors say the road where this happens has claimed many victims over the years and now it’s time to take action. 

Monday would have been the first day of school for two of the teens involved in this terrible crash, but instead they are at Penn State Hershey Medical Center recovering.  All three are in either good or fair condition.   

But one victim, D’Kota Wolf, died before he reached the hospital.   

“In my eyes, he’s still a baby,” commented Iris Perez, who worked with Wolf at the Burger King in Lebanon.  “He’s only 18.  He’s got the rest of his life to go.”

When Iris Perez heard the news, she began to cry.  “It’s not fair and I feel sorry for his mom,” Perez expressed.  “No mother should have to bury their child like that.  I think it’s horrible.”

Around 9:15 Sunday night, a car carrying four teenagers was traveling down West Kercher Avenue when police say it couldn’t make the turn and crashed into this electrical pole.   The victims were D’Kota Wolf, his twin sister Aicias Wolf and Beau Hewitt, who were all 18. 

Also in the car was 17-year-old Katelyn Readinger.   D’Kota, along with his sister, just graduated from Cedar Crest High School this summer.   For Hewitt and Readinger, Monday would have been the first day of their final year. 

“People are running off the road and hitting the telephone pole or the electric pole and getting either killed or half-killed,” stated Myrle Yencha, who lives next to where the crash occurred.

Yencha says crashes happen there all the time and something needs to be done. 

Neighbors say the bend is so dangerous, the scars are still there from the last crash that happened two weeks ago.   Then, a vehicle was coming around the bend too quickly and crashed into a soybean field.  The glass and reflectors are still left over from when that vehicle was taken away.”

Despite the 90 degree bend and the long straight-a-ways that lead into it, there are no signs warning drivers of the curve.  And Yencha says it’s about time one is put up.

“I’m going to do it.  I live down here,” Yencha stated.  “I’ll take a piece of plywood and put a post to it and put some words on it that says ‘dangerous curve up here’.”
   
Police are investigating the crash to find out exactly what happened.  Meanwhile an online fund raiser and a bake sale have been set up to help the twin’s mother cover some of her expenses.   See the link below for more inf   The school is offering grief counseling.

https://www.facebook.com/events/541890702530723/
One teen killed, three injured, in Lebanon Co. crash


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