Aliquippa memorial honors Lindsay Thompkins, bus driver killed in I-79 school bus crash – CBS Pittsburgh
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (KDKA) – Dozens of community members, family and friends gathered on Friday night to remember Lindsay Thompkins, 31.
Thompkins was driving a bus with students from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School when he was involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer on Tuesday.
A candlelight vigil was held in front of his home in Aliquippa where a memorial is erected in his honor on Friday.
Family and friends brought photos and candles and held balloons with the number 5, representing her bus number.
Thompkins’ sister, Shereka Simmons, told KDKA that her brother’s passion is to be a bus driver. She said he owns a bus himself and plans to keep his legacy alive.
“It’s sad that this must have happened, but he loved his job. He loved what he was doing, ”Simmons said. “We’re going to try to live this for him and try to make a name for himself. It’s called Simmons Charter Services.
Simmons said his brother is well respected and cares deeply about his community.
“He was the reason I got my CDL. We have been close for 11 years. The work will not be the same. I will miss him, ”said Thompkins brother Thomas Steals.
Lindsay Thompkins’ family and friends are gathering for a candlelight vigil. Thompkins was a bus driver and driving students at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School when their bus and a tractor-trailer crashed, killing him and a student. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/p9vqz4HT0T
– Erika Stanish (@Erika_Stanish) November 5, 2021
Thompkins’ family arrived at the vigil behind the wheel of the bus he owned with a banner on the side in his memory.
” It’s a tragedy. I want the community to be like Lindsay for who he is. He deserves this. Her name deserves to be known, ”said Robin Tucker Williams, Thompkins’ godmother.
Her family prayed with community members on Friday evening, asking God for strength as they mourn the loss of a loved one.
” He smiles. Like his sister said, we will keep his legacy, ”Steals said.
A screening for Thompkins is scheduled for November 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pitts Funeral Home in Aliquippa.
A funeral is scheduled for Saturday at the Greater Miracle Ministries Church in Ambridge.