Pennsylvania: Shannon Lafferty killed in crash following Christmas tree lighting, driver charged with DUI

Uwchlan Township Police


Shannon Lafferty killed in crash following Christmas tree lighting, driver charged with DUI

11/17/17 — 11:05 pm; Officers were dispatched to a reported serious traffic crash on Worthington Rd. at Caernarvon Dr. involving two vehicles. Once on scene, the responding officers determined that one of the two vehicles was occupied by a driver, while the other vehicle was occupied by the driver and two additional passengers, one of which was a 5-year-old child. All three of those occupants were transported to area hospitals by ambulance. An adult female passenger was pronounced dead upon arrival.

While the cause of the crash remains under investigation by the traffic safety unit, the driver of the other vehicle involved was given field sobriety tests at the scene and arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. That subject was also transported to the hospital for medical treatment. Additional charges may be forthcoming upon completion of the investigation.

Uwchlan Police was assisted at the scene by members of the Lionville Fire Company, Uwchlan Ambulance, Minquas Ambulance, Goshen Ambulance, East Whiteland Ambulance, West End Ambulance of Phoenixville and the Serious Crash Assistance Team.

From Daily Times

The victim’s relatives said that Shannon Lafferty, 30, a 2005 Downingtown East High School graduate, died in the crash after attending a Christmas tree-lighting celebration. She was a passenger in a car driven by her boyfriend when the car collided head-on with another vehicle. Lafferty was in the back seat of the vehicle, buckled in next to her daughter.

Lafferty’s relatives set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical costs for her daughter and her boyfriend, as well as assisting her daughter financially in the future. Visit

Shannon K. Lafferty with her daughter, she was killed by a drunk driver who hit their car after they left a Christmas tree lighting event. Photo from Facebook and GofFundme

“Your life was a blessing. Your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.”

The world has lost a beautiful, magnificent soul. Tragically, Shannon Lafferty, beloved mother, daughter, sister, partner, and friend lost her life Friday evening after enjoying a Christmas tree lighting celebration with her beautiful family. A drunk driver struck their car as Saheem was driving with Shannon and Audri in the back.

Those closest to Shannon have lost their heart. Shannon was a shining light; she defined love and devotion. While there are no words, no sentiments that can ease the pain of this tremendous loss, our thoughts, prayers and support can envelope those closest to Shannon, particularly Saheem and sweetest Audrianna who at age 4, just lost her best friend.

Shannon lived for her family. To help provide for them in this unfathomable time of need, a page has been set up for donations. These donations can help offset the financial stress of injuries sustained to both Saheem and Audri. Further, they will also help in supporting Audri’s future.

Thank you so much for your giving spirit as we all try to embrace Saheem and Audri in love and support.