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Pocono community grieves after death of high school student

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 11 2013 05:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 11 2013 07:27:25 PM CST

There are heavy hearts in one community in the Poconos as news begins to spread of the death of a popular high school student and football player.

There are heavy hearts in one community in the Poconos as news begins to spread of the death of a popular high school student and football player.

Steven Dienno died Friday night after crashing his car six weeks ago.

A cool and fun guy to be around is how some describe Steven Dienno.

Community members say they are still in shock after hearing news of Dienno's death.

More than six weeks after a horrific accident injured three Pocono Mountain East High School students, there is still evidence at the scene on Bush Road in Swiftwater, Monroe County.

Spray paint from the police investigation and car parts from the vehicle can be seen.

"When it first happened everyone was freaking out," said Nicole Delano, whose sister attends Pocono Mountain East.

Now fresh flowers have been placed at the scene by people learning about the passing of Steven Dienno.

"One day he was perfectly fine and the next day he is barely living," added Delano.

Investigators say Steven Dienno lost control of his car causing the vehicle to go airborne and hit two trees before splitting in half.

After hearing about the September 24th accident, everyone 69 News spoke with said they were hoping that Dienno and Justin Bullock, who was also critically injured in the crash, would make a full recovery.

On November 8th, Dienno's stepfather wrote a message that the high school quarterback had died from his injuries.

"Really depressing. Everyone is really devastated by it."

Many students have been leaving messages on Twitter and using the hashtag #StayStrongEast.

All giving condolences and offering prayers to the family of #3.

"He seemed cool. It's just sad that all this stuff happens," said Delano

The Pocono Mountain School District confirms there are extra counselors at Pocono Mountain East High School.

Funeral services for Steven Dienno will be held Thursday.