Vigil held for teen killed in weekend crash

Dozens gathered at the scene of a deadly weekend crash for a candlelight vigil to honor Joshua Hershey Wednesday night.

Friends and loved ones lit candles, prayed and even recounted funny stories around a growing makeshift memorial.

At one point balloons were released to honor the late 18-year-old.

“It impacted the community so much that if we got together as a bunch it might help us cope better,” classmate and vigil organizer Brandon Hatterer said.

Earlier that day, investigators returned to the scene of the Father’s Day crash.

Newberry Township police took measurements on the 2900 block of Old Trail Road and removed a large rock that 18-year-old Jacob Hershey hit before the Chevrolet Corvette he was driving overturned onto its roof and caught fire.

Joshua Hershey, who graduated with his brother from Red Land High School on June 6, was thrown from the car and died at the scene.

Police said speed may have been a factor and weighing the rock could answer some of their questions.

“The reconstruction, there’s a lot of math that goes into those equations to come out with the answer to some of those questions, and it’s very important to know the weight, specifically today, of that rock,” Newberry police Detective Braxton Ditty said.

Jacob Hershey was released from the hospital Wednesday.

A fund has been setup to assist him with medical bills and other expenses. It can be found at

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