Terri O’Brien lays a balloon array during a vigil to remember Joshua Hershey on Wednesday at the site of the fiery Newberry Township crash which took
Terri O'Brien lays a balloon array during a vigil to remember Joshua Hershey on Wednesday at the site of the fiery Newberry Township crash which took his life and injured his twin brother. O'Brien said her sons played with the Hersheys growing up. (Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

Among the football jerseys, crosses, flowers and balloons dotting the front yard of the Newberry Township home where Josh Hershey died in a crash on Sunday were six chicken sandwiches.

The former Red Land High School football player would order half a dozen McChicken sandwiches at a time when he and friends would stop by McDonald's for a bite to eat.

In tribute to Hershey, one of his friends placed one last order for him and took them to a vigil for Hershey at the crash site Wednesday night.

More than 100 friends, neighbors and some people who never met Hershey gathered for the vigil and shared stories of the recent high school graduate.

"I made a lot of good memories with Josh, and I know you did, too," Brandon Hatterer, a longtime friend of Hershey, told the gathered crowd. "I know it's hard for everybody."

Hershey was 18. His twin brother, who was driving the car, survived the crash.

Lost control: Josh Hershey, of the 2800 block of Old Trail Road, died of multiple injuries after he was thrown from the Chevrolet Corvette he was in during the fiery crash.

A good Samaritan pulled Jake Hershey from the wreckage of the burning wreck, and he was taken to York Hospital for treatment.

He was released from the hospital Tuesday, a York Hospital spokeswoman said.

Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said Jake Hershey was driving the Corvette north in the 2900 block of Old Trail Road when it appears something caused the vehicle to go out of control.

"It traveled across the southbound lane and impacted a large boulder at one of the residences there," he said. "The car pushed the boulder up in the yard, then the car flipped over the boulder."

The Corvette then burst into flames, he said.

Snyder said investigators have not yet spoken with the surviving twin to hear his account of what happened.

A full crash reconstruction is being performed and the investigation continues.

Memories: JJ Fylstra, who graduated with the Hershey twins and is a longtime friend, said he was part of a group of friends that had gone on a post-graduation trip to the beach last week.

At one point, Fylstra and Josh Hershey talked about what lies ahead after high school for them and the dreams they hoped to accomplish, Fylstra said.

"We are all very thankful we got to spend the final moments with him," he said.

Fylstra, and numerous friends, said Jake and Josh Hershey were known for their lightheartedness, hard work ethic and for joking around.

"They loved to call each other ugly," he said with a laugh.

Fellow recent graduate Cody Vermeulen said Josh Hershey's friends have to rally around surviving twin Jake Hershey and support him.

"We need to be there for him," Vermeulen said. "Every moment I had with them, I wouldn't change it for the world."

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police at (717) 938-2608.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com. Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

Fundraiser: Cody Vermeulen has started a fundraising effort on gofundme.com to raise money to help cover Jake Hershey's medical costs and his college expenses. To contribute to the fund, go to gofundme.com/ag714s.