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By CHARLES H. BOGINO; Times Leader Staff Writer

Saturday, February 27, 1993     Page: 2A QUICK WORDS: CRASH TAKES LIFE OF SWEET VALLEY

LAKE TWP. -- Christy L. Elston had looked forward to a career broadcasting the news.
    But on Friday, a patch of ice on a slippery Route 29 cut short those dreams.
    Elston, who turned 19 a month ago, was on her way to classes at Luzerne County Community College, trying to make her 10 a.m. class, when she hit an icy stretch of road near Pikes Creek.
    The slick spot sent Elston's car careening into the path of another vehicle. Her car was struck on the driver's side.
    Elston was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 11:30 a.m. by deputy county coroner William Lisman.
    Elston had lived her whole life in Sweet Valley, a section of rural Ross Township.
    Elston hadn't yet chosen a major at LCCC.
    "She mainly was trying to get the general courses out of the way," said her sister, Cheryl, 16.
    But Elston had planned to use her talent and smarts to pursue a broadcasting career.
    "I don't think she was as interested in TV as she was in radio," Cheryl Elston said.
    Mostly, Cheryl Elston remembered her older sister as athletic and popular. At Lake-Lehman High School, Elston played volleyball and was a cheerleader for the basketball team. She also liked to ski. At LCCC, Cheryl took an aerobics class.
    In her last year at Lake-Lehman, she was a nominee for prom queen.
    "Everyone loved her," Cheryl said.
    Cheryl Elston, who was Christy's only sibling, said she looked up to her sister, and like Christy, is herself a cheerleader.
    It was watching Christy's attitude about the election for prom queen that made Cheryl take notice of her older sister's selflessness. Christy didn't win the crown, but was just as happy when it went to one of her friends.
    "She was really excited because she had a lot of friends on the court," Cheryl said.
    But it was Christy Elston's faith in God that made her a shining example to her friends and family. Her belief was helping them cope with her loss, her sister said.
    "She was a Christian, a Bible-believing Christian," she said. "She was just perfect in every way."
    Christy Elston's obituary appears on Page 2D.
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