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Family holds benefit for 26-year-old killed in hit-and-run near west Wichita brewery

Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 10:06 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A Wichita business filled Sunday with friends and family of 26-year-old Lynny Poell. She was killed June 5 in a hit-and-run right outside of Central Standard Brewing last week, a fundraiser was held there for her and a percentage of the sales on Sunday will go towards her medical expenses.

“I’ve tried to talk to everyone, talked to some of the band and said that I was appreciative of how quickly they were able to come out and how much I appreciate everyone,” said Poell’s boyfriend, Daniel Hamer.

“This is pretty busy, they’ve really brought out the community. It’s really awesome to see all the people out here,” said band member IC Collins.

Humbled by the number of people who showed up for their cousin’s benefit, Michael and Kari Ormsby said it provides a sense of healing where tragedy struck.

“I think it’d be weird if I’d come here by myself but just having everyone come up to me and making sure I’m good,” said Michael. “I can’t stress enough for the family and everyone to see everyone come out like this.”

The family said despite their cousin’s passing, they wanted to celebrate her life because that is what she would want.

“I knew it was going to be hard coming here, I think it is for everyone,” said Kari. “It was hard for us to come to the same spot obviously, but it’s been so nice to see everyone here and just surrounding us with love.”

After Lynny was struck in a hit and run outside of Central Standard Brewing last weekend, the City of Wichita teamed up with the brewery to make sure the intersection is more pedestrian-friendly. Lynny’s family said it’s a step in the right direction.

“I think it’s maybe a small step, I don’t know what else they plan on doing and just to do what we can to help prevent this in the future,” said Hamer.

“It’s not even just this area but problem areas in general that we see popping up where new establishments create new pedestrians, we’ve got to stay up on top of that as the city grows,” said Michael.

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