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Boiling Springs teen remains hospitalized following fight in Bloomsburg

Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 10:29 PM CST
Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

BOILING SPRINGS -- The small Cumberland County community of Boiling Springs is praying tonight for a 19-year-old was badly injured in a fight near Bloomsburg University.

Several people tell CBS 21 that football players from Kutztown University may have been involved in the fight. 

Jackie Lithgow is reported in critical condition Tuesday night at Geisinger Medical Center. A blog posted by his mother revealing that he remains sedated and on a ventilator.

This summer he worked at the Karns in Boiling Springs, excited to start school at Bloomsburg University. At the store a sign reads "Pray for Jackie."

A former co-woker describes Lithgow as a very nice teenager. Ian Garman says Lithgow tried to help people out no matter what. He says he was well-liked by classmates at Boiling Springs High School.

Now it's Jackie Lithgow who needs to be helped out. Doctors at Geisenger Medical Center are treating him for a fractured skull.

Now friends of the Boiling Spring High School graduate pray for his recovery from serious head trauma.

We also heard from several people in this community that football players from Kutztown University may be involved. We reached out to that University. 

A spokesman told CBS 21 they are aware of the Bloomsburg University incident but the Bloomsburg police are investigating and no official action by their school has occurred at this time.

Bloomsburg Police report that they do know the people involved but so far no one has been arrested. For friends, the biggest issue right now is that Jackie Lithgow gets better.

"It's surreal to know how fast things can change," Garman said.

Another 19-year-old was also hurt in the fight. Donald Hoover of Birdsboro, Berks County, is reported in fair condition.

Lithgow's father is a teacher at Boiling Springs High School. We're told the faculty has begun collecting donations among the staff to help the family out with expenses.

Posted earlier: 

Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

BOILING SPRINGS -- A Boiling Springs High School graduate is fighting for his life tonight after an apartment fight near Bloomsburg University.

At Karns Grocery Store, they've put up this sign. It reads, "Pray for Jackie." That's in reference to 19-year-old Jackie Lithgow.

Today, CBS 21 not only talked with police but also found a blog by his mother, where wrote that they got the call that no parent ever wants at 3 a.m. – their son was in the hospital.

They have been by his bedside since.

The 19-year-old is reported to be in critical condition tonight at Geisinger Medical Center.

A blog set up by his family says Jackie Lithgow is on a ventilator and has had several surgeries already to stop the swelling of his brain.

Bloomsburg police tell us Lithgow and another 19-year-old teen -- Donald Hoover of Berks County -- were injured in a fight that broke out at around 1 am. Sunday at an off-campus apartment near Bloomsburg University.

When police arrived, the teens involved ran, although police say several suspects have been identified. They say they are still looking into what caused the fight and who should be held accountable.

CBS 21 also have been told that Jackie's father is a teacher at Boiling Springs High School.  Jackie was apparently a very good basketball player. Now his family is thrilled to see that he is reacting to nervous system tests. He is being kept quite sedated to keep the swelling down. 

Posted earlier:
Written by: Rachel Snody (

A Boiling Springs teenager remains in the hospital following a fight in Bloomsburg.

Bloomsburg Police say they responded to an incident on Sunday morning around 1:07 a.m. on Iron Street. Police say a fight broke out at an off-campus apartment and involved numerous people.

Jackie Lithgow, 19, of Boiling Springs and Donald Hoover, 19, of Birdsboro, Berks County, were taken to the hospital after the fight. Police say both teens remain in the hospital.

The suspects involved in the fight fled the scene, but police say they have been identified and the investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Melanie Readler at 570-784-4155 ext. 163 or Officer David Bowman at 570-784-4155 ext. 174.

Boiling Springs teen remains hospitalized following fight in Bloomsburg

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