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Mercer County teen dies in three-car collision

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COOLSPRING TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The storms Wednesday afternoon left wet roadways making traveling dangerous and in one case deadly in Mercer County.

Pennsylvania State Police report that a 17-year-old is dead after a three-vehicle collision on State Route 62 in Coolspring Township.

Samantha Coast, who would have been a senior at Lakeview High School this year, was in the passenger seat of a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier that collided with two trucks on state route 62 in Coolspring Township.

The crash occurred at 5:53 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Thursday morning grief counselors were on hand at the high school to speak with students.

"They're struggling with what you imagine any teenager would," said Principal Carol Lilly. "They are afraid, they're sad, they want to know why, all those tough adult questions that we all ask ourselves."

The Cavalier was driven by William J. Cupic, 18, of Mercer. Friends of Cupic tell 21 News he has serious injuries.

According to a police report, the car Cupic was driving went out of control on the wet roadway while traveling southbound. It spun into the northbound lane, striking a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Wendell Boyd, 73, of New Wilmington, on the driver's side of that vehicle.The car continued to spin and collided into the front end of a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado driven by James Boughner, 33, of Jackson Center.

Police report that neither the driver or passenger of that Cavalier were wearing safety belts.

"My heart kind of sank in my stomach, and I just thought about it for a couple minutes because when you're just talking to that person not even, probably an our ago, it's like do you believe it, did it happen, or what just happened," said Logan Cramer, a friend of Coast and Cupic.

"I didn't believe it at first honestly," said Brayden Ryan, a friend of Coast and Cupic. "I saw the text and just I didn't think anything of it, I thought it was just another rumor and then turned out to be true."

At this time, there is no word on the condition of the others involved in the accident.

The accident is under investigation by the PSP C.A.R.S. Unit.

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