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1 killed, 2 hurt in Pa. accident

October 17, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A Waynesboro Area Senior High School sophomore was killed and two other students were injured, one seriously, when the car they were in went out of control and struck a tree head-on at 7:15 a.m. Thursday on their way to school, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The driver of the Saab, Dana Lee Mentzer, 17, of 4680 Carbaugh Rd., Fayetteville, Pa., was pronounced dead at 8:18 a.m. at the scene on Old Forge Road just south of the Village of South Mountain by Franklin County Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer Jr., police said.

Ashley Mills, unknown age, of 3352 New Baltimore Rd., Fayetteville, Pa., who was a front-seat passenger, was ejected from the car on impact, police said.

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Mills was flown by helicopter to York Hospital in York, Pa., with serious injuries, police said. She was listed in serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit Thursday night.

Corey A. Dick, age unknown, of 11148 Loop Road, Fayetteville, Pa., who was riding in the back, was also ejected from the car, police said. He was treated and released from Waynesboro Hospital.

The car was traveling toward Waynesboro, Pa., on Old Forge Road when it went out of control and struck a tree head-on, police said. The car then struck another tree directly on the driver's-side door, police said.

No seat belts were in use, police said.

Several Waynesboro High students, on their way to school, drove by the accident, which became the subject of rumors by the time classes started, said Principal Larry Bricker.

When school officials confirmed Mentzer's death, Bricker said several school counselors were dispersed to the students' classrooms and were available to the student body. Faculty was also briefed about the accident during a short meeting, Bricker said.

Though Mentzer was not involved in many school activities or sports, Bricker said the teen had several friends.

"He was a fun-loving kid who seemed to enjoy life," Bricker said.

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