Victims Of Deadly Scranton Crash Identified

SCRANTON — Officials released the names of a brother and sister killed in a crash in Scranton.

Investigators in Scranton are trying to find out what led up to the crash that killed the two teens Sunday night on the North Scranton Expressway.

Stephen Lebron, 14, and Fatima Lebron, 13, brother and sister, were killed after the crash. Both students at Northeast Intermediate in Scranton.

Stephen had died before police arrived last night. Fatima died later at the hospital.lebron mugs

Scranton police officers were reconstructing that crash on the inbound lanes of the expressway. Inbound lanes were shut down for the investigation.

Police mapped the area near the Main Avenue on-ramp to figure out how the SUV lost control on the highway, then flipped onto the on-ramp.

Police say their mother, Shakara Lebron, was behind the wheel. Police believe she may have hydroplaned on a bridge before she lost control. But, investigators won’t know for sure what led to the crash until they run tests on the SUV.

That situation makes it even more difficult for teachers and administrators at Northeast Intermediate School to explain the crash to Stephen and Fatima’s classmates.

“We didn’t know all the details. We still don’t know all the details. obviously anytime you lose a student, it’s devastating, and you’re thinking about the effect it is going to have on the family and then the students they were friends with. The one student was an athlete, his teammates,” said Scranton School District Superintendent Bill King.

His teachers say Stephen Lebron was an outstanding basketball and football player. His coach Matt Fidoti met with other players after hearing the news, for what was a very difficult team meeting.

A group of school counselors was also on hand for other students.

“I just let them know that with time, it will heal, and I just let them know that I’m here for them if they need me,” Fidoti said.

Shakara Lebron is still in the hospital. Officials at Geisinger –CMC in Scranton say she is listed in serious condition.

Her boyfriend and 2-year-old daughter are expected to be OK.

The family attended Bethel AME Church. The pastor there has set up a memorial fund for the Lebron family. You can donate at any Penn Security Bank.

34 comments

  • kalina

    im just saying these two wonderful wonderful people are my bestfriends i went to them for anything and everything and i cried for days and weeks and still cry to this day i cry reading these comments but i know there in a better place still watching over us and they love us. Fatimas birthday is coming up soon and its going to be hard on everyone. Fatima was the most beautiful girl ever she never was mad unless someone did something to her and she always had the bright white smile on that no one could ever do besides her and she had the widest personality and she was so funny and always nice and kind to everyone and Stephen oh my gosh he was like my older brother as Fatima was my sister Stephen was the sweetest guy ever always had that same smile on as his sister they were never angry no matter what they always had that smile that if your feeling down you just want to smile looking at them and he was so kind and generous and so athletic and they both always went out of there ways for everyone and they were so smart and i love them with everything in me and i never want to say bye so i just say see you later and i have to remember there watching over me and that they love me and i love them.

  • mariah

    stephen and fatima were my bestfriends and i would like you to know tht it wasnt fatima who sheilded her baby brother it was stephen he unbuckled his and the babys seatbelt and curled up into a ball around the baby to help it survive my friends father was one of the paramedics on the sence and he said that stephens body was split open when they dragged they family out

  • Clark kent

    Stephen Played against my football team. Great player! Its such a tragic thing. He was a smart kid and very athletic. Though our football and basketball teams were bitter enemies, Stephen was a very good sport. He scored many touchdowns against our teams. Stephen had a lot going for him. I didnt really know Fatima all that well, but she seemed very sweet and kind. My thoughts and condolences go to the mother (get well soon) and the Baby brother. RIP stephen From the Abington Kids

  • ems

    How dare some of you? I pray nothing happens to you or your loved ones. This is a family going through a tragedy that could happen to ANYONE of us. My prayers to the family for healing. I am glad to read the responses of those who knew these two young beautiful souls and see that they led a wonderful life even though it was cut too short. Rest now angels.

    • Patricia Clark

      As a mother and a grandmother my heart goes out to you all. I feel so deeply for you. There are times in life I wish I could wave a magic wand and make the pain go away and this is one of those times. My hand and heart goes out to you all. May thier souls be in the arms of your god.

    • Khaliah simpson

      MAY THESE TWO BABIES REST WELL. I AM FRIENDS WITH THEYRE UNCLE ANTUAN REDDISH AND WE ARE FUNDRAISING TO RAISE MONEY TO GIVE THEM A PROPER BURIAL. THEY DESERVE IT. ANYONE WANT TO DONATE TO THEM CAN DONATE AT GOFUNDME.COM OR MYSELF AND THEYRE UNCLE ARE HOLDING RAFFLES TO RAISE MONEY FIR THEYRE BURIAL. FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT KPURNELL77@GMAIL.COM FOR INFO ON THR RAFFLE..IF YOU GO TO GOFUNDME.COM SEARCH THEYRECDONATION UP AND DONATE. STEPHEN & FATIMA LEBRON. THANK YOU. PLEASE EVERYONE SUPPORT THIS CAUSE. IT COULDVE BEEN ANY OF OUR CHILDREN.OUR NIECES N NEPHEWS.OUR BROTHET N SISTERS.FRIENDS.ETC. THESE KIDS DESERVE TO BE ABLE TO BE PUT TO REST A CHANCE FOR LOVED TO SAY GOODBYE. TO ALL THE FRIENDS N FAMILY. I AM SORRY FOR THIS GREAT LOST..MAY YOU GUYS FATIMA AND STEPHEN REST WELL. THANKS.

  • Laquon

    This is my friend sister, niece and nephews she got the tragic news today. I called her to see if she needed anything and i tell you she was so heart broken. At a time like this there isn’t much you can say or do except pray and be there for them. I have prayed that the mother of these children survive and may God give her strength to go on. Praying for this family. It is so very sad.

  • Evelyn Delacruz

    Stephen and fatima were my cousin stephen lebrons grandchildren my heart goes out to my cousin stephen for the sad part is its stephen lebron tge grandfathers birthday:( but my family will get through this difficult time thank you for all the love

  • Meagan

    God has two new angels today. He must have needed them. Please everyone say a prayer for the rest of the family, that they get well from their injuries and are helped to cope with such loss and tragedy. These beautiful angels will never be forgotten. Please no one pass judgement here these poor parents and others in the car have enough to worry about without Judge mental people saying unnecessary things they don’t need to say.

  • Ryley

    Stephen was a good friend of mine acutaly my bestfriend and today in school all you see in everyone crying i was wonder why then my friend tells me the news i start to break down and cry i was in shock i didnt want to beileve it and it was a sad day for all of us. stephen will always be with us and his sister to. Stephen in now playing basketball and football in a better place now.

  • jennifer

    R.I.P i didn’t know them but i am a mother so i can relate….this mother is in serious condition and doesn’t know 2 of her three children are gone….it was not the mothers fault it was the icy roads black ice and snow that was at fault….we don’t even know if the mother is going to make it out alive from this….so stop being so quick to pass judgement on something u have no clue about….my heart goes out to the mother and the baby…thank god the baby wasn’t injured in all this….

  • Lakiara Thomas

    I still can’t accept the fact steven is gone . He was such a great kid , no matter he was going through he always had a smile on his face . I’m going to miss you soooo much :/ .. God had recived two beautiful angels ..your never be forgotten ..

  • Sundown

    I am so sorry this happened to this family. My heart goes out to you all. I cannot imagine the grief of the loss of this young man and young woman. I pray God can somehow give you blessed assurance and peace in this storm.

  • Leshawn Cannon

    Rip to my 2 cousins thanks for all of your positive comments I wantyou two know that they had there seatbelt on but phateema took it off to shield her baby brother she hunched over him to lesson the impact saving his life sacrificing her own he was 2 and as for the mother she loves her children and wouldn’t put them in intentional danger remember she is still fighting for her life so please put prayers and positive comments not comments blaming her for driving an suv thinking she is invincible she doesn’t even know her kids died please be more sensitive

    • wanda

      Just what to see any up date for mom and how she is doing this is such a tariable tragity I feel so bad for her as a person and how I would feel when I got well not meaning as in her fault its just something that happen and now what she has to go threw .

  • mdog

    Kathy i gots some news for you Girlfriend.
    I drive one and i drive safe speed while these little cars
    pass me at 40+ on the route 11. That is not safe speed
    sister as roads are icy and freshly snow covered.
    Had a little neon cut me off and how i missed hitting the fool i will never now. Its not the vehicle its person behind the wheel.
    God Bless.

  • BEA

    my condolences goes out to the family.. i was out there last night to take my son who boards at lackawanna college and the streets was horrible i even hit a snow bank trying to get up those hills!!!! the streets was bad even more at that time when the temp drops… last night was really horrible we need to make petitions for stuff like this cause no one was out plowing now putting rocks out it is horrible in lackawanna county the way they dont keep on top of there job!!!! may they rest in piece n my god give them the strengthat this time of grieving god bless you’s now R.I.P FOREVER GOD HAS TWO NEW ANGELS !!!

  • John

    No, actually Mary Kay, no one should be asking questions at this point. Two children are dead. Trying to determine fault when two children died just yesterday. You weren’t there. I wasn’t there. Something obviously happened. We don’t know what happened. So please allow the dead children to rest in peace, and not point the finger of blame at anyone. The appropriate individuals will make that determination at a later date.

    • StinkyThePinkChicken

      This is very tragic and I hate to say it but it makes me think of how truly lucky I am. Jan 18th 2014 at aprox 3pm I was heading home on the express way going towards the viewmont mall. Just before my exit for Keyser Ave, I was coming around the bend on the bridge and lost control of my car when I hit an ice patch. I was driving the right lane and it shot me into the wall, panic and over correction led to the guardrails which my front end rode on for about 20ft and then my tires caught again and flipped me over the guardrails down a 75′ embankment into a tree. I credit the tree for saving my life. All emergency responders said everything had to go just right for me to still be here and 3 weeks later, I still don’t know how or why I survived. Only a broken nose but enough blood in the car to make the wrecker guy think I didn’t survive. I feel horrible for this family and I don’t think any of us should rush to judgment. Accidents are called accidents for a reason. Maybe she was speeding maybe she wasn’t…whatever the case may be…she has to live with it the rest of her life, not us.

    • Shannon

      The snow piled on the side of the guardrail leaves no protection for people that could potentially go over it, as in this case. Areas where there are bridges , overpasses and embankments should be cleared more thoroughly. Maybe there would be less fatal accidents. It’s sad. And seeing photos can remind people of the real dangers on the road. And if seeing a photo like that can maybe save another family’s life thet may take extra precautions on the road because of it then it’s worth it being posted by the media. We all learn something from situations like these. I don’t know what happened in the moments before or during the accident, I’m sure the weather was completely to blame. Your life isn’t worth trying to get home a little faster by passing a person going a little to slow and no text message is too important that it can’t wait ( not saying that was the case here) just a lite reminder to people that may get distracted on the road. God bless

      • Tom

        I believe you are right. The retaining wall put there to save lives was rendered useless. Not only useless it was turned into a stunt ramp. There is also a very big pothole about 75ft after the spot that the car went over the wall. I travel that way every day and the traffic dynamics are very dangerous leading up to the pothole. People either swerve in front of you and cause an s pattern to take hold of traffic behind or people simply slam on their brakes in front of you. The snow that caused this problem on the retaining wall was put there days before and should be responsibly removed as soon as weather conditions allow and before it turns into an ice ramp. This is such a tragedy and I hope Scranton and Penn DOT accept what may have contributed or completely caused this accident and make snow removal from such sensitive areas a priority. Unfortunately driving by the scene today the hole and the snow ramp still remain. I am not qualified to make accident scene reconstructions for forensic analysis but I can certainly see that there is a realistic possibility this could have been avoided in many ways by just cleaning up the snow in these areas.

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