Funeral arrangements set for Buffalo Grove student killed in crash

  • Brett Lerner, second from right, stands with his co-hosts for the "Illini Drive" radio show after they interviewed soccer player Janelle Flaws. Lerner, a University of Illinois student from Buffalo Grove, was killed Friday night in a two-vehicle crash downstate.

    Brett Lerner, second from right, stands with his co-hosts for the "Illini Drive" radio show after they interviewed soccer player Janelle Flaws. Lerner, a University of Illinois student from Buffalo Grove, was killed Friday night in a two-vehicle crash downstate. Courtesy of the Daily Illini

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 10/25/2015 6:33 PM

Funeral services have been set for 20-year-old Brett Lerner, a University of Illinois student from Buffalo Grove who was killed Friday in car accident in central Illinois.

Lerner, an aspiring sports journalist, was on his way to cover a high school football game Friday night for WCIA Channel 3 in Champaign, where he was a freelance videographer, according to police and the station. He was driving north on Route 47 when he entered the southbound lane for "unknown reasons" and collided with an oncoming vehicle, police said.

 

Lerner died at the scene, according to the Champaign County coroner.

A synagogue service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, at Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Road in Long Grove, according to Shalom Memorial Funeral Home. The burial will take place at Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to Orphans of the Storm, an animal shelter in Riverwoods.

Lerner is survived by his parents, Richard and Susan Pomerantz and Jeff Lerner; his sister, Mallory; his grandparents, Susan and Noel Lerner, Barbara Rosen and Jean Berk; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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