Published DateLACONIA — The tragic accident involving two 14 year-old girls walking on a Messer Street sidewalk on April 19 has sparked a surge of support for the families of the victims.
Lilyanna Johnson died as a result of her injuries, while Alyssa Miner is recovering from surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
The girls were apparently walking on the sidewalk on the Messer Street Bridge after leaving Laconia Middle School on the Friday afternoon before April vacation week when they were struck from behind by an SUV that had left the roadway. The accident remains under police investigation.
The School District on Thursday updated information about the community's response to the event. Two accounts have been established at Franklin Savings Bank: "Bethany & Lilyanna Johnson Memorial Fund," and "Lilyanna & Allyssa Memorial Fund." Donations will be directed to the girls' families.
The Johnson family asks those who wish to help contact Barbara Howe at (603) 520-2214, or Jennifer Camire at (603) 393-0343 to coordinate efforts.
Several fund raising events have been organized. Earlier this week, East Athletic Cheer collected donations at an open gym and Fratello's Restaurant held a fund raising dinner. Tonight, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Laconia VFW is hosting a spaghetti dinner and dance, with a requested donation of $10 per person. On both Saturday and Sunday, from 7 to 10 a.m., Applebee's in Tilton will be hosting a pancake breakfast. On Tuesday evening, from 4:30 to 7:30, Hart's Turkey Farm will donated half of food sales to the families.
Proforma Piper Printing is donating 5,000 rubber wrist bands, bearing the words "It's always sunny above the clouds," — Lily's favorite saying —which will be sold for $2 each and will benefit the Lily Johnson Memorial Fund. The George family is coordinating sales of the bracelets.
Paramount Settlement and the Women's Council of Realtors will donate a portion of the proceeds from the "May Madness" calendar raffle to support the Johnson and Miner families. Tickets for the raffle cost $10 each, call 527-2040 for more information.
In addition, local Tupperware consultant Nicole Kaeding and Avon representative Rachel O'Mara have pledged to donate a portion of their sales to support the families.