Harrisburg Community Comes Together For Alcester Crash Victim
HARRISBURG, S.D. – The community of Harrisburg is mourning the loss of one of their own Tuesday night. A candlelight vigil was held for Jenna Benzel. Benzel was one of the two victims who died in a tragic car accident in Alcester yesterday morning.
Hemlock Street in Harrisburg was blocked off as nearly one hundred friends and family gathered to honor and remember Jenna. Jenna lived in Harrisburg for a number of years before recently moving to Vermillion, touching the lives of many in the neighborhood. People lit candles in her honor and released blue balloons, the same color of her eyes, into the sky.
Neighbors said Jenna just started her job at the Alcester Care and Rehab Center, working only days before Monday’s tragic accident; when an 81-year-old woman accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the breaks in the parking lot area, striking a group of seven. One of those being Jenna.
While friends are feeling the huge loss, they say it’s the family that is being affected the most. Jenna is leaving behind three children, all under the age of 12. During the vigil, the oldest son spoke to the crowd saying those who were with Jenna in her last moments saw her pushing people out of the way, saving people’s lives.
Organizers are emphasizing the Benzel’s are not alone during this difficult time. A ‘You Caring’ fundraiser page has been set up for the family.
The name of the second victim has not been released. Six others were injured in the accident. Authorities have said some of those victims have been treated and released from the hospital.