A Williams Valley student was killed early Thursday morning in a crash along Route 209 in Dauphin County.
According to State Police in Lykens, the crash happened at about 7:35 a.m. at Route 209 and Railroad St. in Williams Township.
Police say a pickup truck driven by a Williamstown man was attempting to negotiate a left turn onto Railroad St. while traveling north on Route 209.
At the same time, a car driven by that Williams Valley student, who lived in Tower City, was approaching that intersection and made contact with the front driver’s side portion of the truck in the southbound lane.
Upon impact, the student’s car was sent through a utility pole, into a tree, and down a steep embankment, police say.
The pickup then hit another vehicle driven by a Williamstown woman. The drivers of those vehicles were uninjured.
However, the student was pulled from his vehicle and taken Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by the Dauphin County Coroner.
Police are actively investigating this crash and anyone with information is being asked to call the Lykens barracks at 717-362-8700.
On Thursday afternoon, Williams Valley School District Superintendent John Rizzo informed the public of the school’s loss.
“It is with great sadness that I inform our school community of the passing of a 17-year-old Williams Valley student as a result of a motor vehicle accident,” Rizzo wrote in a Facebook post on the school’s page.
The school and police are not releasing the name of the crash victim.
This is the second fatal crash involving a Williams Valley student in the 2022-23 school term. A senior student, Michael Mislyan, died in a crash back on Nov. 9, 2022.
Rizzo says the district will have counselors available for students.
“On behalf of the Williams Valley School District, I have extended our sincere condolences to the family on this sad occasion. We will continue to inform you of the school’s steps in supporting students and their families,” he added.
January 14, 2023 at 2:26 pm