BUTLER, Pa. - A man killed in a car accident in March was remembered Saturday during a golf outing in Butler.
John Krauland Jr., 28, was killed in a crash while sitting at a stoplight at the intersection of Route 8 and East Hardies Road in Hampton Township on March 14. A pickup truck crashed into a school bus, the impact of which forced the bus onto Krauland’s car.
On Saturday, the John Krauland Jr. Memorial Golf Outing was held at the Lakevue North Golf Course, the last golf course where Krauland played with his father, John Krauland Sr., before the tragic accident.
“It’s been phenomenal. The turnout is outstanding,” said Krauland Sr.
Participants wore shirts with the number 77 on them, which was Krauland Jr.’s number while playing football in high school and at Slippery Rock University.
“He loved sports. From the time he was 6 years old he was playing sports of any kind -- football, baseball, basketball -- all the way up through high school, through college,” said Krauland Sr.
After graduating from Slippery Rock, Krauland Jr. worked for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as a loss control/safety coordinator.
“We consider ourselves blessed to have him for the 28 years that we did,” said Krauland Sr.
Money raised from the memorial golf outing will go toward the John Krauland Jr. Memorial Foundation. The foundation will provide scholarships for high school seniors who are attending college, and will establish a community assistance program to help families pay for their children to play sports.