Friends of a Puyallup teen who died last month after rolling a recreational off-highway vehicle gathered tonight to remember Louie Hertel and raise money for a memorial plaque.
Hertel, 16, was visiting family in Oregon when he took the ROV out for a ride and hit tire ruts hidden in tall grass Aug. 21. The ROV rolled on top of him, authorities said.
Hertel was able to call 911 for help but was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wanting to honor his memory, Mikayla Douglas and Christina LaFond – fellow students at Puyallup High School – spent two hours at the downtown Forza coffee shop soliciting donations.
They raised $150, most of which will be used to engrave Hertel’s name and a special message on the entryway tiles of the high school. The remainder of the donations will be given to Hertel’s family.
“He was really open-hearted,” LaFond said. “He was just a really funny person and cheery. He could make everyone laugh.”