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BUTLER (KDKA) – A Butler High School student was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning.
According to police, the accident happened in the 100 block of East Brewster Road in Center Township around 7:30 a.m.
State police believe the driver, identified as 17-year-old Alex Hunter of Center Township, was heading to class at Butler Area Senior High School when he lost control of his 2017 Honda Fit. The car rolled through the grass before slamming into a tree.
“Investigators believe that the juvenile failed to negotiate a curve, went off the roadway and struck a tree. The juvenile was wearing a seatbelt,” said Trooper Joshua Black, of Pennsylvania State Police.
Scott Dimit was at home, in his basement, nearby when he heard a loud bang from the car crash into the tree. Dimit, a former EMT, came outside and tried to help the victim.
“Actually, the wife came out and said he needs help. So, I ran out and tried to help him, but there no pulse,” said Dimit.
State police are investigating the accident. While they confirm that the pavement was wet, they won’t say if speed was a factor.
But Dimit says he believes speed was definitely involved.
“It was raining this morning, yes. I think he hit some wet leaves and it kind of spun him around, lost control, going too fast, I guess,” he said.
The Butler Area School District released a statement, saying, “On behalf of the Butler Area Schools, we extend our deepest sympathy to the student’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
State police continue to investigate the accident.