Fundraisers Scheduled
Seven Family Members Improving After Crash
By REBECCA SODERGREN
Correspondent

The seven family members injured in an Aug. 25 crash in Rice Township are all improving.

Bryan and Nina Herbst and their four young children, as well as their 8-year-old niece, were out for a walk around 1 p. m. that day when a white Nissan sedan driven by their 51-year-old neighbor, Jigna J. Kyada, crossed lanes and struck them along Aleksander Boulevard in the Polonia Estates neighborhood.

All five of the injured children have been released from the hospital.

Nina Herbst was upgraded to fair condition late last week at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, while Bryan Herbst remained in fair condition in Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Plains Township.

At press time, police had not yet announced whether charges would be filed against Kyada. Rice Township police could not be reached for comment before press time.

A youcaring.comwebsite had

raised over $51,000 through Sept. 1 for the family’s medical needs. You can find the link to donate on the Mountaintop Eagle Facebook page. Two upcoming fund-raising events

are also scheduled for the Herbst family. Funds will be raised for the family’s medical expenses at the Marywood vs. Wilkes women’s soccer game at 1 p. m. Sept. 9 at Marywood University in Scranton. Fans can also meet at Sabatini’s in Exeter after the game to continue the fundraiser. Nina Herbst played soccer at Wilkes and later served as an assistant coach at Marywood. Information about the benefit event is available at facebook.com(type “Herbst/Carlin Family Medical Expenses Fundraiser” into the search bar).

And on Sept. 23, American Legion Post 781 in Mountain Top will host the Hope for the Herbst Family Motorcycle Benefit. Bikers can register between 9 and 11:30 a. m. for a 60-mile ride that starts at noon. There will also be basket raffles, food, drinks, live music and face painting. Cost for the bike ride is $15 for bikers, $5 for passengers and free for ages 10 and under. Information can be found at facebook.com(type “Hope for the Herbst Family” into the search bar).