Northeastern junior 'lived life to the fullest'
Abigail Osborn's family has received an "overwhelming" amount of support from the community since Sunday.
Her family, friends and school are mourning the loss of Abigail, 16, a junior at Northeastern High School who was hit by an alleged hit-and-run driver early Sunday morning.
The 16-year-old distinguished honor-roll student died of her injuries Monday at Hershey Medical Center, according to Newberry Township Police.
'Overwhelming' support: Brad Stover, Abigail's brother, said the family is devastated at the sudden loss of a girl he described as “really athletic, creative and loved to make people smile.”
Abigail was looking at colleges and at the military, Brad said, particularly the Navy.
Brad, an Army private, said Abigail loved to hear his stories of serving in the military and shared an interest in serving with him and two of their stepbrothers who are in the Navy.
“She really wanted to do it,” Brad said, “I guess (military service) runs in the family.”
Brad said he just helped Abigail get her first car, a 2000 Chevy Prism, last Tuesday. After repairing the car, he let Abigail take it for an initial spin.
“She drove the car up to her house and had the biggest smile the whole way,” he said.
'Unsung hero': As a soccer player, drama enthusiast and academic scholar, Abigail was described as “extremely well-rounded” by Northeastern girls soccer coach Diana Collier.
Collier said varsity soccer players visited her at Shallow Brook Elementary School and spent part of the afternoon Tuesday talking about Abigail.
She said the team had immense respect for Abigail.
“For the last two years, Abby’s been voted unsung hero” for the team, Collier said. She added that the title “makes it pretty obvious” the kind of person Abigail was when such an accolade “comes from your teammates.”
Collier said she and several students were at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Sunday afternoon in a room packed with at least 50 people waiting for Abigail.
“There were countless tears,” she said.
Students at Northeastern High School have been showing support for Abigail since the accident, and events have been unfolding throughout the week in her honor, according to Collier. On Monday, students wore plaid shirts and Converse sneakers, a common style for Abigail.
On Tuesday, students wore tie-dyed shirts, another common wardrobe choice for Abigail.
Collier said students on the soccer team plan to wear their warm-up T-shirts and a bandanna on their heads, which she said was a common look for Abigail on the field.
“Each day has been a kind of spirit day for Abby,” Collier said, adding that the school district has been “amazing on providing support for the students.”
In a statement on Facebook, the school district said it was “deeply saddened” by the news of Abigail's death and cited her talents on the field and on the stage, along with calling her “a friend to everyone.”
The school district had counselors on hand Monday for students, and photos of students supporting Abigail were posted on its Facebook page with the caption “#bobcatstrongforabby.”
Abigail was discovered just after 1 a.m. Sunday on York Haven Road in Newberry Township and was flown to Hershey Medical Center, police said.
Police have charged David Michael Kent Jr., 24, of 15 Susquehanna Ave., York Haven, with accidents involving death or personal injury, failure to stop and render aid, failure to notify police of an accident involving injury or death and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Sinking in: Abigail’s grandmother, Helen Stover, said she was full of nerves Tuesday as the news of Abigail’s death kept sinking in.
“It’s pretty hard to even think right now,” Stover said.
She said the rest of the family are holding up “as well as can be expected” but remain distraught.
Stover’s son, Brad Stover Sr., married Abigail’s mother, Kristine Stover, a teacher at Shallow Brook Elementary School, in 2006, when Abigail was 5 years old, but Stover said she does not see any other label beyond granddaughter for Abigail.
“I’m her grandmother,” she said, “no step.”
Stover said Abigail was a “very caring, sweet girl” who “lived life to the fullest.”
Stover said Abigail’s mother was at a funeral home Tuesday afternoon making arrangements for services likely to take place later this week.
“We’re having trouble believing she’s gone,” Stover said with a tremble in her voice.
'Tragic beyond words': Along with her acting and athletic abilities, Abigail was gifted academically and was set to be recognized for her accomplishments at the annual Distinguished Young Women Program on Saturday, May 6.
Lyn Bergdoll, executive director of The Belmont Theatre and program chair for the Distinguished Young Women of York County, said Abigail's passing is “tragic beyond words (and) hard to even grasp.”
Bergdoll worked with Abigail often in the last year. She worked with Abigail weekly since March as part of training for the Distinguished Young Women program, an event celebrating gifted young women across the county.
Bergdoll said the Distinguished Young Women will “certainly pay tribute to her at the program.”
Bergdoll also worked with Abigail more frequently when she directed Northeastern’s production of "Sister Act," in which Abigail played a nun. She was due to perform at Sunday’s Encore showcase.
“She was so dynamic and so full of life,” Bergdoll said. "She had a really magnetic personality. She had this big smile and these really big dimples.”
Bergdoll said she saw Abigail “just a matter of hours” before the crash during final rehearsals Saturday for the Encore performance.
Abigail’s energy was in full display during rehearsals, Bergdoll said.
“Who would’ve ever thought?” Bergdoll said of the incident.
Celebration of life
A celebration of life service for Abigail Osborn is planned for Saturday.
Abigail, a junior at Northeastern High School, died Monday afternoon at Hershey Medical Center after being struck by an alleged hit-and-run driver early Sunday morning in Newberry Township. She was 16.
The service begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at Otterbein United Methodist Church, 131 Center St., Mount Wolf. The Rev. Wayne Heberlig will officiate.
Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Friday and 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Burial will be at Manchester Union Cemetery in Manchester.
Diehl Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Mount Wolf is in charge of the arrangements.