PAUPACK TOWNSHIP — We’re learning more about that deadly crash in Wayne County from this past weekend.
Officials now say the car driven by that 15-year-old unlicensed driver is registered to her father who owns a home in Wayne County. Also speed is believed to be a factor.
Days after the deadly crash in Wayne County, investigators are now releasing more information about what led to this wreck near Lake Wallenpaupack Saturday morning.
Officials say a 15-year-old girl from New York got behind the wheel of her parents’ car without permission. She and her 16-year-old friend then picked up four boys for breakfast. On their way back, she lost control on Goose Pond Road.
Ryan Lesher, Shamus Digney and Cullen Keffer — sophomores at Council Rock South High School near Philadelphia — were killed.
Witnesses say speed was a factor.
This crash is weighing on the minds of parents, teens and school officials in the Poconos.
“You know you always worry about it, and I think one of the things that kids don’t understand is it can happen to any of us at any time,” said Stroudsburg Area School District Superintendent Dr. John Toleno.
About 200 high school juniors and seniors drive to school at Stroudsburg Area High School every day. Many of them are reflecting on the terrible crash that happened near their home.
“It’s really sad especially because they’re so young and it could be prevented,” said Stroudsburg Area senior Kalista Gioglio.
Officials say the 15-year-old was obviously too young to have a valid driver’s license.
The girl’s father owns a home in Wallenpaupack Lake Estates Development.
Grief counselors were on hand Tuesday as students returned to school, coping with the loss of three classmates.
Teen drivers in Stroudsburg say that deadly wreck is a harsh reminder of how dangerous driving can be.
“Just the biggest thing is when you step into a car is don’t take anything for granted. Put the phone away, go the speed limit and you should be fine,” said Stroudsburg Area senior Mike Nickorak.
Safety officers are present in the parking lots here at Stroudsburg Area daily.
School officials say permits are revoked if any high school driver is seen acting inappropriate.
“Part of our responsibility as educators running a school district as we do is to make sure we have constant reminders out to the kids that at any time something can reach out and grab you,” said Dr. Toleno.
The investigation into this wreck is ongoing.
Wayne County’s district attorney says charges will be filed in the juvenile court system as this case moves forward.