By: Lauren Fabrizi
Pawnee City came together Wednesday to help out a family. A week and a half ago, a crash involving a horse-drawn buggY and vehicle killed a teenage boy and left his sister in a coma.
Police said the driver of the vehicle was going east on Hwy 8 when she hit the buggy from behind. Now the Yoder family is coping with the loss of 17-year-old Reuben and hopes 20-year-old Fannie will come out of her coma.
As a way to bear some of the family's financial burden, the Youth Gone M.A.D. group held a hot dog feed at Nider's Thriftway to raise money for hospital bills and funeral expenses.
"When something happens in the community, we're a small community and we always come together," Chase Grizzle, the group's founder said.
Olivia Weinman lives down the road from the Yoders. She stopped by the fundraiser with her husband.
"Like we would for anyone or our own children, we just want to support them in anyway we can," Weinman said.
Grizzle said the hot dog feed saw a great turnout, which did not surprise him at all.
"It's just amazing to see all the people come out and support the family even if they didn't know them," Grizzle said." A lot of people don't even know the family, and they're still donating money for them."
Pawnee City plans to hold a second fundraiser, a spaghetti dinner, on August 7 at the United Methodist Church.