Ephrata teen dies in motorcycle crash

By on June 23, 2016
Steven Thomas Andriani

An 18-year-old Ephrata motorcyclist died in a crash in Ephrata June 15, authorities said.

The crash occurred at Church Avenue and Industrial Drive, about a mile north of downtown Ephrata, at 1:20 p.m. The victim was identified as Steven Thomas Andriani, Ephrata, by Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni. Andriani, who graduated from Ephrata High School on June 2, and was wearing a helmet.

The driver of a car involved in the crash, Irma S. Spinale, 74, Ephrata, was not injured. Ephrata police are investigating. They ask anyone who witnessed the accident to call 733-8611.

Remembering Steven

Steven Thomas Andriani, newly graduated from Ephrata High School and full of plans, thought Wednesday was a beautiful day to take his motorcycle out for a spin.

“That was his life. He was always looking for good weather to go ride his bike,” Shane Johnson, a close friend of Andriani’s for 11 years, said. “He said to his mother that day, it was such nice weather he couldn’t pass it up.”

“Some friends of mine that he rode with always said he was very conscientious and safe, always thinking about what he was doing,” Johnson said. “He always wore a helmet.”

Becky Miller, Andriani’s sister, said her brother was nervous about graduation on June 2, but he was excited to be out of high school.

“He was so happy. And he was really caring,” she said. “He was a really, really good kid. He was funny. He loved his family, he loved his friends. He would have done anything for anybody.

“He loved hunting,” she added. “He was a really good shot.”

Andriani’s girlfriend, Brianna Reed, said he was planning to work for a year at a local farm to save up money, then go to Temple University.

“His goal was to become an architect,” she said.

“He was always energetic. He always had a smile,” Johnson added. “You never really saw him upset and he was always there to cheer you up. He was always there to talk.”

Additional survivors include a sister, Kat Andriani, and his parents, Thomas and Jennifer Matto Andriani of Ephrata.

“He loved his nieces and nephews,” Miller said. “My oldest son, Hunter — he had a toy, plastic motorcycle, and he’d ride on the sidewalk. Steve would ride his motorcycle on the street alongside him. They’d go for walks like that together.”

She has four children, she noted — a 4-year-old, 2-year-old twins and a 5-month-old baby.

“He acted like he didn’t care,” she said, stifling a sob. “But he loved them.”

A message from the Ephrata High School

Grief support is available through PATHways Center for Grief & Loss, who can be reached at 391-2413.

Our school community is grieving this loss, but we are committed to remaining strong in our support of one another. This tragedy may bring up questions, concerns, fears, or unexpected feelings for your child. Be sensitive about whether he or she is wanting or needing to talk with you. Ask your child about his or her reactions, and accept his or her feelings by listening and giving permission to feel whatever emotions may come. Responses that may be helpful:

  • “Tell me more about that.”
  • “Have you ever felt this way before?”
  • “Are there other things that may be worrying you?”
  • “What are your classmates saying about this?”

Children respond to feelings of grief and loss in many different ways. They move in and out of the grief process, and it can be very intense for them when experiencing sadness, anxiety, and fear. It may be helpful to spend extra time with your child. Encourage him or her to celebrate life in whatever ways he or she can, use humor and laughter, and do not judge his or her feelings. Periods of fun are important in sustaining health and promoting the grief process. If you feel that your child may need additional assistance, or if you have questions, please contact your child’s school guidance department.

Additionally, there are grief support materials available through the Guidance link on the Ephrata High School webpage. We will continue to support all students, families, and the school community for as long as there is a need. Lastly, we ask that you please keep the family members related to this loss in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Assisting his family

A Go Fund Me account has been set up for the family of Steven at: gofundme.com/297np5j8.

Also, Crystal Reed of New Holland is organizing a Memorial Ride for Steve July 30.

It will begin at 1 p.m. at the Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Ephrata. There will be T-shirts, bracelets and food.

“All of the proceeds will go to his family,” Reed said.

“Please join us in a memorial ride for Steve Andriani,” Reed said in a post on Facebook. “Friends, family, classmates, or just members of the community we ask that you ride along to honor Steve’s memory. It was shared with me that Steve had recently just gone on his first ride and was overwhelmed by amazement of that amount of strangers coming together for a good cause. We want to amaze him once more and show him our love and support for him and the memories we treasure.”

“We are asking that each registration is by donation only, we are not asking a registration fee,” she added.

For questions, email Reed at cdr41414@gmail.com or visit Facebook at memorial ride for Steve Andriani.

Tom Knapp, Lindsey Blest and Ryan Robinson are staff writers at LNP and contributed to this story. Ephrata Review staff writer Dena Reedy also contributed to this story.


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