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Pennridge student killed in Montco crash


A 16-year-old from Sellersville died Wednesday night when the teen’s BMW left Allentown Road in Franconia and crashed into a Montgomery County home.

Franconia Township Police did not identify the young driver, but the Pennridge School District released a statement Thursday that referred to the boy as a junior who was attending the Tech School for Automotive and getting his high school courses through the district’s cyber programming.

“As you may be aware the Pennridge High School community suffered a great loss last night with the death of an 11th-grade student,” Superintendent David A. Bolton said in a Thursday letter to the parents of high school students. “Our thoughts, prayers, and full support are with his family.”

According to Franconia Township Police, the crash occurred at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of Allentown Road between Lower Road and Banbury Road. When they arrived at the scene, police found the car fully engulfed in flames.

The victim, who died at the scene, was the only person in the car. No one inside the home was hurt but, although the fire did not spread to the house, the family had to be relocated due to the building being declared unsafe for habitation.

“This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school community, especially our students, their families, and our staff,” said Bolton, whose statement added that the victim’s mother has asked district officials to speak with other parents about the importance of safe driving. “Please be assured, our schools have Crisis Intervention Teams made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this.”

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