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     It is “ironic” that Kyle Slaymaker went on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page early this morning and posted this sarcastic remark. And yet, I think he’s part of the reason it took the DA four days to release her name. It was to make sure she was not related to Kyle (he stated later in the thread that he is not related to the driver, Debra Slaymaker-Walker).
     You see, Kyle Slaymaker is married to Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker’s daughter. You don’t get much more connected than that!
     And the Slaymaker name is a very prominent, well known name in Lancaster County.
     There will be more tomorrow.



*    The female driver involved in the Oct. 26 crash in Lititz is Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 63.
From the DA’s latest press release (click here).


A front page headline in today’s print edition of LNP and a comment posted under the story online.

     LNP’s Subheadline: “Says secrecy is essential to ‘integrity’ of investigation.”
     Can you imagine a journalist writing that? Unbelievable!
Please check back later today.


  1. Jan says:

    There are news stories of fatal crashes that give far more information in a couple of days than Lancaster media have reported in over a week on this event. It took 4 DAYS just to get the name, and then that name was the sum total of everything released. No “retired so and so from Mt. Joy (or wherever)”. Is this person a close friend of the DA? Or media folk? If it was a Catholic priest we’d know parish, parents and life history by now. And why is Stedman himself not touching this, only Hambright? Like fish and visitors…

  2. Jeanne says:

    I wish this never happened. But it did. Every one is in a lot of pain. And heart break 2 beautiful precipitous. Lives taken so young. This lady. Is also in really bad shape may not make it. It wasn’t done from what I understand. Because. Of drinking or drugs. We all need wait to see the outcome I’m more concerned about these kids family and friends. Getting thru this crisis. This hurt so many people and does it really matter if this lady is rich or poor. no jack and Megan are gone. Rest in peace. Kids. Let’s help each other. Thru this. It’s gonna hurt for long time I get that but try be stronge. Don’t put the driver who hit them down till we all get truth.

  3. Lang Kisster says:

    I guess we’d be disrespecting the families of the victims if we pointed out no picture has been include with her name that was released four days after the fact? “So I says to Mabel, Mabel I says….”

  4. huh? says:

    Perfect example of the privileged life. So she’s no relation to the privileged Slaymakers?

  5. Wow says:

    Wow! Kyle Slaymaker is as obnoxious as Dennis Reinaker to post like that. Have a little respect for the dead, anyway. It’s probably correct that the connection between Dennis Reinaker and the car crash victim slowed down the release of a name from DA Craig Steadman’s office. I mean, that kid just gave that away. Here, I was buying the integrity thing for a while. Is thst why the slow-speed chase was called off? Maybe a cop thought there was a relationship.
    You would think a president judge – Dennis Reinaker – would have a little better breeding in him to keep his family in line.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Slaymaker. Old guard wealthy family. Founded Slaymaker Locks.

    Walker. Conservative Republican Lancaster family.

    There is no way to know if the Walkers are in any way related. Common WASP name. Slaymaker less common name. Family came to Lancaster county generations ago
    Newspaper used to do a lot of puff pieces about them and the ghosts of White Chimneys. Originally spelled Schlermacher.

  7. Family says:

    So what was the reason the DA waited a week or so and didn’t identify Charlie Smithgall as the shooter immediately? What was the “secrecy” necessary in this situation? What the heck is going on in the Lancaster DA’s office?

  8. Anonymous says:

    The other thing on life support: Stedman’s campaign to be a judge. And the race hasn’t even started yet!

    Thank you Bart H for your complete mishandling of the media side of this incident. We love you.

  9. Lang Kisster says:

    “I have to say it: Slaymaker and Walker! Wow!” Please elaborate. Certianly the Slaymaker name is familiar, but not Slaymaker-Walker

  10. Anonymous says:

    A GoFundMe says high school student Rylan Beebe is in the ICU.

    Quote from LNP

    Isn’t it Interesting that the newspaper has no problem printing the name of a minor without a second thought?

  11. huh? says:

    Remember the Slaymaker name? Flash back to the couple​ who had a guy OD in their car and they tossed him out of it?

    Slaymaker family of the White Chimneys and locks claim.

  12. Becky says:

    I have to say it: Slaymaker and Walker! Wow!