Osceola mother killed in weekend crash to be remembered Friday

South Bend, Ind. A mother of three killed in a bizarre accident last weekend will be remembered during a candlelight vigil Friday night, the same day she will be buried.

Twenty-four year old Amanda Ezra was vomiting out of the passenger side window on Sunday when investigators say 23-year-old Kyle Papa drove in between a utility pole and the wire holding it up, causing Ezra to hit her head on the wire and then on the van. Papa was driving Ezra's van after they left a party on Chestnut Street in Osceola early Sunday morning. Three other people were in the car at the time.

Ezra’s funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at Palmer Funeral Home on South Michigan Street in South Bend with burial to follow at Southlawn Cemetery.

Friday night’s vigil will be from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Kate's Garden in Mishawaka, just off of Lincoln Way West. Organizers say they want to remember Ezra and also take a stand against drunk driving.

Ezra was a teacher's aide for head start in Elkhart and was attending classes at Ivy Tech.

Police say Papa was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time. He initially fled the scene but was taken in for questioning later that morning. He at first denied driving the van but told police he had consumed "several beers and shots of whiskey" while at the home on Chestnut.

In a breath test, Papa blew twice the legal limit. He faces several charges. His initial court hearing is currently scheduled for July 1.


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