Dinner to Benefit Knox Woman Seriously Injured in Interstate 80 Crash

| January 19, 2019

crash-victimSTRATTANVILLE, Pa. – A spaghetti benefit dinner will be held Sunday in Strattanville to help pay the mounting medical costs for a local woman seriously injured in an Interstate 80 accident just before Christmas.

The dinner will be held on Sunday, January 20, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Strattanville Volunteer Fire Company.

Twenty-year-old Knox resident Marissa Perry, a 2016 graduate of Keystone High School, was returning home from Christmas shopping with her sixteen-year-old brother when when her car hydroplaned on Interstate 80 West and was struck by two other vehicles.

Marissa was treated at Clarion Hospital before being transferred to Allegheny General in Pittsburgh where she discovered she had suffered two broken vertebrae and a broken sternum. She also tore the ACL and meniscus in one leg and broke the fibula and dislocated the ankle in the other. She has already had surgery to repair the broken leg, but she still faces another surgery; and she is currently bound to a wheelchair.

She faces a long road to recovery. She has been told that she will be unable to return to work for somewhere between 8 months to a year. Meanwhile, the medical costs are continuing to pile up around her.


The cost of the dinner is $8 for adults, $4 for children 4-10, and children 3 and under eat for free (or by donation). The dinner will include spaghetti, salad, and dessert. Takeout orders will also be available. Special entertainment for the event will be supplied by local musician Gary Bickerstaff from Lawyers, Guns and Money.

For those unable to attend the dinner–but willing to help a local family very much in need–donations can be made via Marissa’s Go Fund Me page.


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