SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A teenager was killed and another was injured in a late Saturday night crash in Westmoreland County.
People that live near the accident scene have long-complained about the dangerous stretch of highway.
Pennsylvania State Police aren’t saying if speed was a factor in the fatal one-car accident on Clay Pike in Sewickely Township Saturday night.
A 16-year-old driver crashed into a wall, went airborne and slammed into a tree.
According to police, the car went into a spin on impact and a passenger was ejected from the driver’s side window and died at the scene.
The passenger has been identified as 15-year-old Taylor Frohnhofer.
“Taylor and my daughter, Bree, were really good friends. She was a fun, crazy girl. She’s going to be missed,” Tracy Luft said.
Luft, who is also a volunteer firefighter in nearby Realton, responded to the crash.
The 16-year-old driver, Jorden King, who just got his license, is also her cousin.
He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.
“I responded and was on scene, so it’s really hitting home. That’s my volunteer job and I love it and I know what to expect, but when you have to have your hand on somebody else’s child, it’s hard,” Luft said.
According to neighbors, accidents happen far too often on the stretch of road. Two boys were killed two years ago, almost in the same spot. In fact, the neighbors said there have been over 100 accidents in the same location since the early 1990s.
Luft is hoping this accident will force everyone to slow down, especially young drivers.
“Kids [have] to know that it’s dangerous when you get behind the wheel. A lot of responsibility and you just never know,” Luft said.