From the driver accused of causing the crash to the lone survivor. KELOLAND News has new information about the Fourth of July crash that killed five people near Yankton.
Initially, authorities weren’t sure if 12-year-old Tirany Luschen would survive. Now she is doing better than expected, and now friends and family are coming together to show their support.
Bonnie Gusso knew the young girl’s mom. Tawna Lichty Reineke, was not only her coworker, but also a friend.
“I’ve worked in the same office as her for about two years and she was something, I don’t think there was anybody that didn’t like Tawna,” GoFundMe organizer, Bonnie Gusso said.
That’s one of the reasons why Gusso helped organize a GoFundMe page for Tawna’s daughter Tirany.
“There are no words for a 12 year old girl to go through what she’s gone through. They have so much on their plates, I can’t imagine, taking care of Tirany and three funerals and just the paperwork and the insurance and everything that is going to be on shoulders,” Gusso said.
Gusso started the page over the weekend and the money is adding up fast.
“It’s just so comforting to know that there are people out there, and it doesn’t matter if it was $5 or $500, the fact that people thought about it and gave what they could, and so many wishes of we’re praying for her,” Gusso said.
And you only need to take one look at this video to see that those thoughts and prayers are making a difference.
“Tirany in her dad’s words, she’s a rockstar, she really is, she is making recovery look easy and it can’t be but when you go see her she has a smile on her face,” Gusso said.