CRASH TAKES LIFE OF SWEET VALLEY TEEN
`SHE WAS JUST PERFECT IN EVERY WAY,' SAYS THE SISTER OF AN ACCIDENT VICTIM
By CHARLES H. BOGINO; Times Leader Staff Writer
Saturday, February 27, 1993 Page: 2A QUICK WORDS: CRASH TAKES LIFE OF
LAKE TWP. -- Christy L. Elston had looked forward to a career broadcasting
But on Friday, a patch of ice on a slippery Route 29 cut short those
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
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
"I don't think she was as interested in TV as she was in radio," Cheryl
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
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,"
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
"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.