Students and Staff Mourn the Loss of a Young Friend

Students and Staff Mourn the Loss of a Young Friend

It was a deadly holiday weekend on the roads in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A number of people were killed in car accidents including several young children. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has more as one Lackawanna county community attempts to overcome their loss.
Old Forge, Lackawanna County- State and local police spent several hours tuesday morning -- reconstructing a deadly crash on South Keyser Avenue in Old Forge.
    Saturday night 12-year-old  Leonard Zupon Jr   was killed  when the vehicle he was riding in collided with another car.
"It's something they're real quiet about. They don't say too much. They were good friends with Lenny. It's just a sad thing." said Ted Blume.

    Zupon had just started 7th grade at All Saints Academy in Scranton.
    Tuesday morning... There were heavy hearts as classes resumed at the school.
    Zupon's mother works at the school  and many remembered Lenny as a vibrant and fun-loving boy.
    As students returned to class -- a prayer service was held at Saint Patrick's Church for Lenny's sixth, seventh and eighth grade classmates.

Bill Genello, the spokes person for the Diocese of Scranton told Eyewitness News" We have several priests here from the diocese to talk to the students. We have grief counselors here to talk to any student who wants to talk about it."

    The two vehicles involved in the deadly wreck are now located behind the Old Forge police department.
    Investigators say the driver of the other vehicle, David Turano of Carbondale, initially ran from the scene but was found a short distance away.
    No charges have been filed yet.
    Police say they're waiting the results of blood tests.
    Back at All Saints School -- parents and grandparents of current students say this tragedy will always be on their minds and heart -- and they just want to make sure kids have someone to talk to if needed.
Zuphon's father, Leonard Senior was also in Saturday's crash. He was listed in critical condition.

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