Staff and students at Uniontown Area High School are mourning the loss of two students killed in a Wednesday afternoon collision that also seriously injured two others.
The county coroner's office identified the deceased Thursday as Trevor McFadden, 16, and De'Andre Jones, 17, both of Uniontown. They were both passengers, and two other Uniontown Area High students also were in the car.
Their sedan was going westbound on Route 119, a four-lane road in South Union, when it crossed into an eastbound lane and collided with a Jeep around 2:50 p.m, Wednesday, state police said.
A witness told state police the sedan appeared to have been racing with a black Cadillac, possibly a CTS, moments before the collision with the Jeep. The Cadillac kept going after the teens crashed into the Jeep, said Trooper Stefani Plume, public information officer at the Uniontown barracks.
One of the injured students was hospitalized in critical condition, and the other was listed in serious condition, she said. State police said they are 16 and 17 years old, but neither they nor school officials would name them.
The female driver of the Jeep, whose name also was not released, suffered minor injuries.
Robert Manges, principal of Uniontown Area High School, said all four boys were close friends who hung out often. He described Trevor as "a good-natured young man."
"Just knowing him a little bit, I know he loved sports and loved his friends," Mr. Manges said. "He had a lot of friends here."
De'Andre also loved sports and pick-up basketball, the principal said. The boy's uncle texted Mr. Manges, who is a family friend, Wednesday night to share the news.
Mr. Manges said thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims.
"This is a difficult time for our students, staff and school community as we are dealing with the tragic events that have occurred," he said in a prepared statement.
He said counselors were available for students and staff at the high school, where a flag was flown at half-staff Thursday.
Lantz Funeral Home in Uniontown is handling the arrangements for De'Andre, and Martucci Funeral Home in Connellsville is handling Trevor's.
Molly Born: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1944. First Published March 13, 2014 10:46 AM