Friends, Co-workers Remember Crash Victim

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MOUNT POCONO -- We are learning more about the woman who died after a crash along Route 611 in Mount Pocono this past weekend.

Katrina Strausser's former co-workers say she was a loving mom and grandmother. Strausser used to work at Friendly's in Tannersville.

One of her friends there saw Strausser at Pocono Mountain East's graduation only hours before the deadly crash.

Flashing lights filled Route 611 in Mount Pocono Friday night where a Camaro collided head on with an SUV. Two people were flown to the hospital. Four others were taken by ambulance

Police say Katrina Strausser was one of the four people thrown from inside the Camaro. She passed away Saturday.

Strausser was a waitress at Friendly's in Tannersville. Her friend and former co-worker Maria Wismer says she saw Strausser at Pocono Mountain East's graduation ceremony just hours before the deadly crash.

"We wished each other, told each other congratulations, gave each other a hug and a kiss. She said she'd be in in a couple days to see me."

Strausser's son, Gunner, graduated from Pocono Mountain East on Friday

Her co-workers say her two sons and her new grandchild were Strausser's life.

"She's a good, caring woman, talked about her kids all the time, and she was really excited about graduation and things to come in the future," said former co-worker Kelsey Youngken.

Police say the Camaro, driven by Strausser's boyfriend, Kirk Randler of Long Pond, appeared to pass several vehicles while driving on a stretch of Route 611.

Officers with Pocono Mountain Regional Police say improper passing and speed appear to be factors in this deadly crash.

Now, workers at Friendly's in Tannersville are trying to cope with the tough news.

"My heart goes out to her children, and it's tough."

"Traumatic, traumatic shock, just shock, and I'll miss her a lot. I'll miss her forever."

Services for Katrina Strausser will be held this Thursday in Brodheadsville.

Police are still working to reconstruct the crash and have not yet filed any charges.