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School officials discuss response to accident in which teens were struck

November 08, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro Area Senior High School faculty and administrators met Sunday afternoon to discuss the school's response to a pedestrian accident that occurred Friday as students walked home, the school district superintendent said.

A high school senior suffered serious injuries when a car drove over her in that accident at the intersection of East Second Street and Myrtle Avenue. Schools Superintendent James Robertson said Sunday afternoon the last update he received was that the girl remained in the intensive care unit at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

Two boys injured in the same accident were treated for leg injuries.

"We're going to have counselors on hand Monday if any students feel the need" to talk about what happened, Robertson said. Counselors will be at the middle and high schools, he said.

Waynesboro police said a maroon Subaru car driven by Zoltan Mandy and a black-and-gray Chevrolet truck driven by Ricky Deshong collided at about 2:45 p.m. The drivers, both of whom are from Waynesboro, stopped at their respective stop signs before colliding.

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Mandy's car accelerated after impact, leaving the road and striking the three children, as well as a house at 101 Myrtle Ave., police said.

Robertson said the intersection always appeared safe for pedestrians, and he wasn't aware of any problems there in the past.

"We're going to evaluate it and see if there's something we can do" to improve pedestrian safety, he said.

A helicopter flew the girl from the helipad at Waynesboro Hospital to Hershey Medical Center.

"Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the young lady," Robertson said.

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