Michael Rivera, a junior at Cedar Crest High School and a member of the football team, was killed, according to the police, after the sport-utility vehicle he was operating collided with a tree in Cornwall Borough’s densely forested Miner’s Village neighborhood.
The 17-year-old only occupant of the Toyota RAV4, Rivera, was traveling north on Boyd Street around 10:50 p.m., according to Cornwall police’s initial official report on the collision on April 22.
In the vicinity of Granite Street, south of a tight curve, Rivera lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. According to police, their inquiry into the specific cause of the collision is still ongoing.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rivera hoped to become an electrician and was enrolled in a dual course load at Cedar Crest and the Lebanon County Career and Technical Center.
This evening, in front of the Cedar Crest football stadium, students from Cedar Crest had planned a student-led gathering to honor Rivera, who had been characterized as having a “ton of friends” by his football coach earlier this week.
While this is happening, the larger Cornwall-Lebanon community is paying tribute to Rivera’s legacy by generously supporting online fundraising to help cover funeral, burial, and other related expenses. Over 200 donors contributed over $14,000 in one day toward a $10,000 target.
Emily Simone, who told PennLive that Michael was one of her son’s closest friends, started the campaign. Simone remarked that we achieved our objective so rapidly, and it just goes to show how cherished and unique Michael was to all of us.
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Parents Carlos Rivera Jr. and Ramona Rivera, siblings Nevaeh Rivera and Royal Prince Patterson, as well as other aunts, uncles, and cousins, survive Michael Rivera.
On Friday, a viewing for Rivera will take place at The Lebanon Valley Expo Center, 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., a funeral service will start.
Instead of sending flowers, Michael can contribute to the Cedar Crest football team in honor by writing to the Falcon Football Club at 115 East Evergreen Road, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 17042. Lebanon’s Thompson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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