ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A single handwritten note left by a child is taped to a fire hydrant at a makeshift memorial along East High Street.
Many of those grieving are as young as the victim, 13-year-old David Weiser. The seventh grader was struck by a car and killed while walking home from school Monday afternoon.
The Elizabethtown Area School District is providing grief counseling.
“The best way is for kids to come in, and the whole theory behind the grieving process is we want students to be in the environment where they knew the student,” said Greg Kiehl, the district’s director of support services.
The district says students and staff can meet with counselors from Team Flight, which specializes in grief management.
“They’ll do things like write letters to the family, make cards, those kind of things,” Kiehl said.
Teddy bears, candles and flowers have already been left near the intersection where Weiser died. Police said a preliminary analysis indicates the driver, a 37-year-old woman from Elizabethtown, was neither calling nor texting on her cell phone when the accident occurred.
“This is a very busy road, East High Street,” said Amanda Gager of Elizabethtown. “The family is in my thoughts and prayers.”
Gager says as a mother, the tragic accident opened her eyes.
“It just kind of reiterates, every morning your kid leaves the door, to say I love you,” Gager said. “It’s going to make me pay attention more and I am definitely going to have conversations with my children.”
A Go Fund Me account has been set up in David’s honor. You can donate money to help cover his funeral expenses.