By John Krinjak


Twitter: @johnkrinjakABC6

WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) -- Springfest at Misquamicut Beach--it's a place 19-year-old Jake Mitchell of Westerly and 17-year-old Carsten Logan of Stonington would likely be this weekend.

"Always thought of him as a good local guy," said Kevin Plunkett, a friend of the Mitchell family. "He's got a really good spirit."

"She's like the sweetest girl you could ever meet. She's super funny," said Taylor Kugler, a friend of Carsten Logan. 

Instead they're both in the hospital, recovering from life-threatening injuries sustained in separate crashes just five miles and 30 minutes apart.

Jake was hit while riding his bike home from the movies. That hit and run driver still hasn't been identified.

Carsten was a passenger in a serious car accident in which the driver was killed.

"This can happen to anyone's children. This is the call you do not want to get, and it changes your life and maybe forever," said Carsten's aunt Linda Logan. 

In that spirit, those close to the two families--who it turns out knew each other--have organized a fundraising booth at Springfest to help offset medical bills and other expenses.

"The community has really rallied," said Plunkett. "People keep coming, and it's almost to the point that I can't keep up."

Local radio stations sponsored the booth, volunteers staffing it, and local businesses donating more than $3,000 worth of items for a raffle.

"It just goes to show you that westerly and the surrounding area is a community that's more of a family. Everybody sticks together. When something happens we all want to help," said Chris DiPaola, owner of WBLQ-AM. 

It's a tough road ahead for both teens and their mothers--both out of work and at the hospital round the clock. But we're told the support they've gotten is keeping everyone's spirits up.

"It's amazing the heart of gold people have, and the community coming together is amazing," said Kugler.

Springfest runs through Sunday.

Meanwhile the group "justice for jake" is offering a 200-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver who hit him.
if you have information you think might be helpful... Call westerly police.

Donation pages have been set up for Jake and Carsten

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