Former Ravena student honored by classmates following death, family reflects on loss

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RAVENA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local 18-year-old is being remembered by his former classmates tonight, after he was killed in a crash last month.

The class of 2016 from the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School held a memorial for Logan Penzabene. Many of them were away at college when he died and they wanted to come together to honor his life.

A stone over will be placed in the high school’s memorial garden in Logan’s honor.

Logan Penzabene died in a head-on crash on River Road in Selkirk, April 25th.

Bethlehem Police say Logan was driving with his best friend, 18-year-old Matthew Hamilton in the passenger seat.

Police said Logan crossed into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason and struck a tractor-trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer wasn’t charged.

Matthew was taken to Albany Medical Center in critical condition.

Both graduated from Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School and at the time were Hudson Valley Community College Students.

On Sunday, Penzabene’s high school classmates shared memories and holding a balloon release.

“We are a very close-knit community and you know losing someone in our community it takes a toll on all of us so we just want to make sure that you know he’s remembered by everyone,” said Hannah Smith.

Logan’s father, Frank Penzabene, has been heartbroken and the pain is still fresh nearly a month after the loss of his son.

“He was one of my four boys,” Penzabene said. “He’s still my boy.”

Frank Penzabene also reflected on the overall situation, which includes the condition of Matthew Hamilton.

“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” Penzabene said.

Logan’s oldest brother, Tanner, loved watching his brother grow up and saw Logan take up soccer because of him.

“Just really good to see the person he was turning into,” Tanner Penzabene said. “Some of his teammates were saying how he would bring the team together and he really worked on the team chemistry.”

Zachary, Logan’s other brother, said that Logan was all about doing things for others. Whether that meant helping people or making them laugh, he always wanted to bring joy to people.

“He really cared about people and I want people to remember just how good of a person he was,” Zachary Penzabene said.

Not only will a stone be placed for him the school’s memorial gardens, but a scholarship was also started in his name.

“He had such a positive impact on so many people,” Zachary said.

“It’s just amazing the kindness and love that everybody has shown toward Logan,” Frank said.

The community’s support is helping them every step of the way.

“He was the best kid a parent could have. He was a good kid and we’re going to miss him very much,” Frank said.

As for Matthew Hamilton, his family said he still has a long way to go but is progressing faster than they thought.

He’s been at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital for about a week, and is talking and walking.

Doctors are hoping to send him home by the middle of June.

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