Pennsylvania Family of 5 Killed in Tragic I-81 Crash
Donald Molander MiddletTown PA |Dane Molander|Kimberly Molander|Miranda Molander|James SHADE :A devastating crash on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania claimed the lives of a Middletown family of five on the evening of August 9, 2023. The victims were identified as Donald Molander, his wife Kimberly, and their two children Miranda (21) and Dane (19), along with truck driver James Shade. The tragic loss of the close-knit family has left their community reeling.
Fatal Crash Details
According to police reports, the Molander family was traveling southbound on I-81 near mile marker 18 in an RV towing an enclosed trailer. Suddenly, the RV’s front left tire blew out, sending the vehicle swerving across the grass median into oncoming northbound traffic.
The RV collided head-on at high speed with a tractor-trailer driven by James Shade of West Virginia. All five occupants of the RV plus a dog were pronounced dead at the scene.
First responders shut down the highway for hours to process the devastating scene. An investigation into the exact cause remains ongoing.
Remembering the Molander Family
Donald and Kimberly Molander were traveling with their two beloved children, Miranda (21) and Dane (19), on that fateful night.
The family resided in Middletown, PA where Dane and Miranda grew up. Dane was an accomplished ATV racer who turned professional in 2022 after years of amateur success. His older sister Miranda was heavily involved in the motocross world as well.
By all accounts, the close-knit Molanders shared a passion for motorsports and outdoor adventure. Their tragic loss so suddenly leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of all who knew them.
Outpouring of Grief
News of the horrific I-81 crash sent shockwaves through the Pennsylvania motocross community and beyond. Friends and fans immediately took to social media to express grief and share condolences.
One commenter wrote: “Thoughts and prayers go out to the ATV MX Championship community in the loss of a family, and great people. Molander’s will be missed.”
Many also noted the unfortunate timing, as Dane was expected to compete in a major event this upcoming weekend in Tennessee. Without question, the Molanders will be deeply missed.
The unexpected loss of Donald, Kimberly, Miranda, and Dane Molander along with James Shade leaves a devastating void for all affected. Our hearts go out to their loved ones as they process this shocking tragedy. While nothing can undo the pain, we hope cherished memories provide some comfort during this tremendously difficult time. The Molanders will be forever remembered.