Penn State Student Killed In Crash On I-78

A Penn State student died as a result of a vehicle crash in Berks County earlier this week.

Driving home from State College, sixth-semester supply chain management student August Schwartz died when his sedan was hit by a 69-year-old woman driving an empty school bus. The bus then went over the top of the 20-year-old’s sedan and rear-ended an SUV, killing a 25-year-old front-seat passenger.

The collision came as the bus driver failed to stop in a construction zone near Hamburg, Pa., late Tuesday night. Authorities said the bus was new and being driven to Canada for a delivery.

Police say three people have now died from injuries caused by the crash, according to NBC10 Philadelphia. No one has been charged yet, although a police investigation is ongoing.

On social media, Schwartz’s family members said their hearts were “shattered into a million pieces.”

“My beloved son, my best friend, the greatest big brother, the smartest, kindest, most beautiful boy was killed Tuesday night in the accident on I-78,” Schwartz’s mother, Jodi, wrote online. “Please, whatever you believe, say a little something for my baby boy today…He loved being a Smeal student and would have turned 21 soon.”

Community members have organized a GoFundMe campaign to benefit the Schwartz family. The fund’s description provides more background information on the high-achieving student, who was recently nominated for lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, an internationally recognized business honor society founded in 1913.

In a statement, Penn State said it’s in contact with Schwartz’s family and is offering support to those affected by his death.

“The University community shares in the grief of his friends and family and offers sincere condolences during this difficult time,” a Penn State spokesperson said.

Anyone in need of support can call the Penn State Crisis Line 24/7 at (877) 229-6400 or by texting “LIONS” to 74141.

Our condolences go out to Schwartz’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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