SCRANTON — College students manned a table in Scranton at a women’s soccer match between Marywood University and Wilkes University on Saturday to raise money for the family struck by a car in Mountain Top late last month.
Bryan and Nina Herbst, their four children and their niece were injured in the accident Aug. 25 when they were hit by a vehicle driven by Jigna Kyada, 51, of Mountain Top.
As of Aug. 31, Nina and Bryan remained hospitalized, while their children and niece had been released.
No charges have been filed against the driver, pending the results of a toxicology test.
According to Marywood University, Nina Herbst is a former Marywood assistant coach and an alum of Wilkes University.
The non-conference soccer match, hosted by Marywood, acted as a fundraiser in an effort to offset the medical costs associated with the tragedy. More than $1,300 was raised for the family. In addition, a YouCaring page has raised over $55,000.
Meanwhile, more than a dozen field hockey players took turns taking donations for the Herbst family on Saturday afternoon. They also were selling $10 raffle tickets for chances to win jewelry donated by Rainbow Jewelers in Kingston. The jewelry donated amounted to a value of over $300.
One freshman who doesn’t know the family said she enjoyed everyone coming together to make a difference.
“It was doing really well. We sold a majority of the scarves for the women’s team,” Marywood field hockey player Maya Sortino said. “A lot of the Wilkes team actually came and supported as well and did a lot, bought raffle tickets and bought scarves that were in their school colors.”