FISHING CREEK TOWNSHIP — A community in Columbia County is mourning the loss of one of their own, after a teenage girl was killed in a car crash Wednesday evening.
Friends said, Ashley Reabuck, 17, of Benton was headed to the Bloomsburg Fair, but she never made it.
She was so happy and always had the biggest smile. That’s how her family described Ashley Reabuck, a friend to everyone. They said a young life taken too soon.
“I just sat down and cried, she won’t be here for our family reunion, she won’t be here for graduation, she won’t be here for prom,” said Ashley’s cousin, Margaret Hunsinger.
Friends of Ashley said grief counselors were on hand at Benton Area High School all morning.
The said Ashley loved school and played on the softball team.
It’s a sad day for everyone.
“She was outgoing, charming, just really nice all around,” said Jason Brenner, a friend.
“She just always made you smile no matter what mood you were in,” said Marissa Orleski, a friend.
State police said Reabuck died when she was driving on Zaners Rohrsburg Road in Fishing Creek Township on Wednesday.
Friends said, she was on her way to her grandfather’s house, and had made plans with some friends to head to the Bloomsburg Fair.
Troopers said Reabuck crashed before she made it there, and was killed after her car went off the road.
Friends said it was her family who went looking for Ashley and discovered the crash.
A neighbor who’s lived in the area for more than 50 years said the road is very dangerous, and he’s seen dozens of crashes in this same exact spot.
He said something needs to be done.
“Guardrails need to be put up on this turn, I’ve said that for years, that would save a lot of people from getting hurt,” said Robert Kalie, a neighbor.
Meanwhile, the family will slowly begin to try to heal.
“It’s going to be a really hard time knowing that she is gone,” said Hunsinger.
PennDOT said officials plan to take a look at the road to see if and where any improvements can be made.
There is no word yet on any services for Ashley Reabuck.