December 20, 2014

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Penfield native paralyzed in freak hammock accident

PENFIELD TWP. — A Pen­field Township native is hos­pitalized in Indiana with a spinal cord injury after a freak hammock accident that killed a Grace College schoolmate.

Jeremy Mohr, 21, a senior at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, was in the intensive care unit at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Tuesday night. A nursing supervisor said he was not allowed to dis­close Mohr’s condition.

The accident occurred late Friday night on the Winona Lake waterfront near the cam­pus of the private Christian college.

An official with the Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office told the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette that Mohr and Grace College freshman Mallori Kastner, 18, sat down on a hammock hung between two trees. One of the trees, reportedly between 20 and 24 inches in diameter, was rotted at the base and it toppled, striking Mohr and Kastner.

Kastner, who played on the Grace College volleyball team, was killed instantly from blunt-force trauma. A passer­by reportedly heard Mohr calling for help, and police were summoned.

According to a post on Mohr’s page at the website caringbridge.org, the impact from the tree injured Mohr’s first three vertebrae, and he is paralyzed from the neck down.

Mohr’s family is with him in Indiana. A fund to help the family with expenses has been established through Midview Baptist Church. Donations can be sent to the Jeremy Mohr Fund c/o Mid­view Baptist Church, 36710 West Royalton Road, Grafton, OH 44044.

Kastner’s funeral was scheduled for today in her hometown of Wabash, Ind.

Contact Melissa Hebert at 329-7129 or mhebert@chroniclet.com.