Parma restaurant hosts car wash to raise money for family of local teen who drowned

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PARMA, OH – It might’ve been a cloudy day, but that didn’t stop drivers from lining up for a car wash at the Local Tavern.

Employees there thought it would be a nice way to help raise money for Sergey Pivovarnik’s family.

"The car wash is free. Folks have just kind of come and donated their time and money and it's been a real success so far,” said General Manager Dustin Leonard.

Sergey, who was 16-years-old, passed away on July 6th.

Investigators said he was trying to make his way across a lake when he drowned. His brother told FOX 8 he didn’t know how to swim.

"They have a memorial where he drowned with bears and candles, and I've been up there every night and his family's up there. It's hard, but I think they're getting through it,” said Makayla Taylor.

She went to school with Sergey and said he was a nice guy and a talented football player.

She was helping out with the car wash and said she’s not sure how much money they might raise from it, but said drivers have been very generous.

"I didn't expect today to go how it has and it's going very good,” said Taylor.

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