An accident claimed the life of a 17-year-old Upper Moreland boy when he died was after being struck by a car about 5:35 in the afternoon of Tuesday while crossing Blair Mill Road.
Pending investigation, the police did not give the identity of the Upper Moreland High School student. They just confirmed that the fatality was crossing the road and standing in the painted area between lanes of opposing traffic near the Blair Mill intersection with Moreland Avenue.
After he was hit, emergency crew rushed him to Abington Memorial Hospital but efforts to keep him alive were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police said they are still investigating the fatal crash.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as a 39-year-old Warrington woman, who stopped and cooperated with officers. The police said willingly give a blood sample for testing. Investigators have witnesses and, in addition to interviews, they are planning to reconstruct the crash and conduct an inspection of the vehicle.
Horsham police are assisting with the investigation.
Police said a vice principal at the high school was notified and counselors have been made available to students.
Earlier this week another 16-year-old Pottsgrove High School boy was killed while crossing a High Street in Lower Pottsgrove shortly before 9 o’clock in the evening. Montgomery County Detectives and Lower Pottsgrove police are investigating the crash that killed the victim who was identified as Tim Paciello. The driver, a Collegeville woman, is cooperating with police in that crash investigation as well.
Then on Tuesday night, at about the same time the teen was killed and a 66-year-old North Wales woman was struck crossing the road in Montgomery Township.
On Wednesday morning, a vehicle collided with two cars and a woman driver fled. That vehicle and the driver were later found nearby, police said. Investigators planned to file charges against persons responsible for the crash.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report from August, more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles each year. Sixty-nine percent of the 4,109 pedestrian fatalities in 2009, and 68 percent of the 4,280 pedestrian fatalities in 2010, occurred at night, according to the report.
Federal officials recommend pedestrians always use a designated crosswalk, be extra vigilant at intersections, stay on the sidewalk or, when not possible, walk facing traffic. And if walking at night carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing.
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