This week marks two years since the crash that claimed the lives of Evan, 12, and Amanda Lodge, 10, and local Scouts Canada leaders are asking Guelphites to show their continued support for the family.
On Tuesday evening, local residents are being encouraged to light an ice lantern candle outside their home, with photos posted to social media along with #rememberingEvanandAmanda for the Lodge family and others to see.
“With the court case (resolved), the Lodges could use a show of love and support from our community,” Matt Pitman of 27th Guelph Scout group said via email. “We would like to invite all of Guelph to share in our love for the kids and support of their family.”
Evan was killed in a three-vehicle car crash near Cambridge on Jan. 31, 2021. Amanda succumbed to injuries sustained in that crash a few days later.
Alyssa Lodge, now 10, was seriously injured and continues to undergo treatment. Mom Susan, who was driving the family’s vehicle, escaped serious harm in the collision.
Earlier this month a Cambridge teenager pleaded guilty to two counts of careless driving causing death and once count of careless driving causing injury. Due in large part to his age – he was 17 years old at the time of the crash – the court issued him a $6,000 fine, a three-year-driving suspension and ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service.