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Hankee Memorial Fund aids Jennifer Dietrich

Nineteen months ago, Jennifer Dietrich, 41, was crossing a road in Schnecksville after leaving her night manager’s job at McDonald’s.

The last thing she remembers was the engine noise created by a vehicle speeding up to make the traffic light.

The hit-and-run driver’s actions inflicted numerous life-changing injuries on Dietrich’s body.

Her skin was so damaged she is still being treated by the Lehigh Valley Hospital Burn Unit even though she did not suffer burns.

“Our community came together in the past few weeks in several ways to make a positive difference for Jennifer,” Christine Hankee said.

Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund volunteers Tim McGinley, Barb Hudak, Peg Coker, Jason and Jennifer Feng Deng and Kyle and Cheng Hankee served ice cream at the Night in The Country celebration in August.

Krysta, the daughter of Bill and Chris Hankee, was a 2003 Northwestern Lehigh graduate.

She collapsed in September 2007 while exercising in a gym in New York City, at age 22, and died a few days later.

Donation cans were set on the counters at Katie’s Macalush Family Restaurant and Schleicher’s Restaurant, New Tripoli, White Birch Golf Course, Barnesville, and Haak’s Schoolhouse, Germansville.

The Krysta Cares Flight Club completed the community events with a small golf event at White Birch Golf Course.

Also personal donation checks were received from friends.

The result of this caring community effort was a check for $1,990 delivered to Dolores Miller, Dietrich’s mom, to be used as needed to support her recovery process.

“Thanks to all who rallied in support of Jennifer,” Hankee said.

The Krystra Hankee Memorial Fund held fundraisers for Jennifer Dietrich, 41, who was struck by a vehicle 19 months ago as she crossed a street near the McDonald's in Schnecksville.PHOTO COURTESY KRYSTRA HANKEE MEMORIAL Fund