This crash claimed the life of 18-year-old Joshua Hershey on Sunday, June 15, 2014. His twin brother, Jacob Hershey, suffered injuries.
This crash claimed the life of 18-year-old Joshua Hershey on Sunday, June 15, 2014. His twin brother, Jacob Hershey, suffered injuries. (Photo courtesy of Guy Moody)

Friends of 18-year-old Joshua Hershey will gather to remember him Wednesday night at the site of the fiery Newberry Township crash that took his life and injured his twin brother.

Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said his department has been advised the vigil starts at 8 p.m. in the 2900 block of Old Trail Road.

Police officers will be on hand, the chief said, adding he's been told those attending the vigil will be able to park in neighbors' yards.

Hershey, of the 2800 block of Old Trail Road, died of multiple injuries in the 1:30 p.m. Sunday crash, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

His twin, Jacob Hershey, was pulled from the wreckage of the burning Chevrolet Corvette and taken to York Hospital for treatment.

He was released from the hospital Tuesday, a York Hospital spokeswoman said.

Lost control: According to Snyder, it appears Jacob Hershey was driving the Corvette northbound in the 2900 block of Old Trail Road when something caused the vehicle to go out of control.

"It traveled across the southbound lane and impacted a large boulder at one of the residences there," he said. "The car pushed the boulder up in the yard, then the car flipped over the boulder."

The Corvette then burst into flames, he said.

Joshua Hershey was thrown from the car during the crash, Snyder said, and a good Samaritan pulled Jacob Hershey from the burning car.


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Guy Moody, who lives about a block from the crash, told The York Dispatch when he came across the wreckage he first checked on Joshua Hershey, then ran to the wreckage to see if anyone was still inside.

Smoke billowing: Moody said there was so much smoke he couldn't see the driver at first.

Unable to open the car's doors, Moody pulled Jacob Hershey to safety through a small gap between the car and its crushed roof, suffering slight burns to his hands in the process.

"I wasn't going to let the kid burn up," he said.

Moody and several other people in the area, including his adult son, Cody Wright, rolled Joshua Hershey — who was about three feet from the wreckage — onto a piece of plywood and carried him away from the flames, Moody said.

The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crash probe: Snyder said investigators have not yet spoken with the surviving twin to hear his version of what happened.

A full accident reconstruction is being performed and the investigation continues.

The twins recently graduated from Red Land High School, York County Coroner Pam Gay has said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police at (717) 938-2608.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.