Staggering show of support after tragic crash in Hollis

5:56 PM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
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HOLLIS, Maine - A father was killed in a crash caused by slippery conditions in Hollis over the weekend. His 17 year old son, who was injured, was at the wheel.

And the community response is overwhelming.

On Sunday, State Police released the identities of the two people killed in a car accident on Saturday. 

Maine Public Safety Spokesperson Steve McCausland says Peter Reynolds and Sherri Demelle, both from Cape Road in Limington, died in the crash. 

The driver of the vehicle was Peter's son, 17 year old Zach Reynolds.  No charges are expected.

State Police Trooper Robin Parker says that slush-covered roads were a clear factor in the crash as the Reynolds' van crossed the center line and hit a pickup truck on a straight stretch of Route 117 in Hollis.

McCausland said the 17 year old Reynolds and both occupants of the pickup truck sustained multiple injuries but are expected to survive.

On Sunday, Joe Bissonette created the Reynolds Family Fund. The goal is to raise $10,000 for the Reynolds family.

In 24 hours, they've surpassed the goal by accumulating $13,755.  The $10,000 target was established as a means to off-set funeral costs.  The money beyond will go to support the Reynolds children. 

Some donors left comments. Others remained anonymous. Donations range from $15 to $50 to $100 to $150 dollars. From community members. From family. From friends. From rivals. From coaches. From people who've been there.

All with the same message of support. Offering thoughts, prayers and the promise that while it seems impossible now, things will get better.

There is also a fund set up for the DeMelle Family. The goal is to raise $10,000.

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