2nd Annual Damian Bearley Auto Show to Remember Franklin Regional Graduate


On Saturday, auto enthusiasts will gather beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the new Busy Beaver near Delmont for the second annual auto show in memory of the late Franklin Regional graduate Damian Bearley.

Bearley was 18 when he died in an early morning crash on July 10, 2021, after his car hit a deer in Derry Township.

Jackie Bearley said her son was a “huge car enthusiast” and enjoyed going to cruises, shows and socializing. The car involved in the accident was his third vehicle.

Dakota Coleman, one of Damian’s friends, decided to organize the first car show and make it an annual event because he didn’t want Damian’s name to be forgotten.

“As soon as he passed I knew I had to do something to honor him, something he would appreciate,” said Coleman, 21, of Latrobe. “My daughter will be born next week. I want her to know who her uncle was.

Although they are not actually related, Coleman said he graduated from Derry Area High School in 2019 and met Damian through one of his best friends. He said the couple had been friends for about three or four years before the accident.

“He’s like a little brother,” Coleman said. “The day I bought my dream car, it came to my job.”

Coleman said he and Damian would “get together and ride (Route) 22.” They especially enjoyed the auto meets on Mount Washington and in the Pittsburgh area, he said.

Damian was known for driving his white Infiniti Q50 around Murrysville, one of his sisters, Brianna Bearley, said last year, and most people knew him by the car or his “infectious smile and laugh”. .

Planning for this year’s car show in Damian’s memory was somewhat “last minute,” Coleman said, but he was grateful that Busy Beaver allowed the use of his land for Saturday.

Karen Mayer, digital media coordinator at Busy Beaver, said the auto show is an event that “fits perfectly with our values ​​and giving back to the community.

“We have a really nice parking lot here (and) we knew it would be perfect…for the event,” said Mayer of Murrysville. “It’s our first car show, which we’re excited about, but not our first event here in the parking lot.”

Busy Beaver opened the store along Route 22 in April, and Mayer, who is also involved in event planning, said management was willing to work with various organizations in the community.

“We’re really, really important to working with the communities in which our stores are located,” Mayer said.

Coleman said he hopes around 100 car owners will bring their vehicles and is looking forward to seeing people he hasn’t met in a while.

“Usually we park, take pictures and hang around,” Coleman said. “Everyone comes and looks at the cars, talks, reminisces about him.

“I just didn’t have enough time to do car stuff with him.”

Megan Swift is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan at 724-850-2810, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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