Updated 07/29/2011 04:26 PM
Funeral held for sixth Yates County crash victim
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JASPER, N.Y. -- Hundreds were in Jasper Friday for the funeral of the sixth victim killed in the Yates County crash last week.
The Jasper community mourned the loss of Elva Hershberger. She and her husband both died after a van of Amish people was hit by a drunk driver and forced into an oncoming farm tractor in the Town of Benton. Elva Hershberger passed away earlier this week.
Amish from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and even Canada were in town for the funeral. Twelve of them stayed overnight at the Jasper-Troupsburg High School.
Volunteers and the Red Cross have been housing and feeding the thousands of people who have been in Jasper for the past week.
"There's hundreds of thousands of people here, trying to mourn and grieve for the loss of their family. And with that comes a heavy load to those who are here, feeding them, housing them," said volunteer Cassandra Lamphier.
"They continue to receive support not only from the Jasper community, but communities surrounding the area," said Lt. Rick Oyer from the New York State Police.
The driver of the other vehicle, Steven Eldridge, 42, of Penn Yan, faces six counts of criminally negligent homicide.