Grief counselors are available for both students and teachers
SANATOGA PA – On-site counseling for both teachers and students was activated Tuesday morning (Nov. 13, 2012) by Pottsgrove School District Acting Superintendent Shellie Feola, after it was learned a 16-year-old Pottsgrove High School student died of injuries sustained in an accident that occurred Monday (Nov. 12) at about 8:55 p.m. at the intersection of East High Street and Sunnyside Avenue in Lower Pottsgrove Township.
The student was walking across High Street and was hit while he stood in its center left-turn-only lane, according to a statement jointly released by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and township Police Chief Michael Foltz.
Although their statement did not specify the name of the victim, he has been identified as Tim Paciello, according to investigative sources cited by The (Pottstown PA) Mercury.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim also has not been named, but was identified in the joint statement as a 43-year-old Collegeville woman who “was cooperative with police. She stayed on the scene and voluntarily provided blood to police,” it added.
Toxicology tests will be conducted on the blood sample, according to Ferman and Foltz. Experts from the county Detective Bureau will be responsible for inspecting the striking vehicle and reconstructing the accident.
There also were witnesses to the accident, and police conducted interviews with them, Ferman and Foltz indicated.
Details of the accident were sketchy as detectives and police continued to investigate. Press releases supplied via e-mail by Feola, Ferman and Foltz were withheld until read and cleared by supervising parties involved.
It is known from Ferman and Foltz that emergency personnel treated the victim at the scene, then had him flown to Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia for medical care. He was later declared dead, and an autopsy will be conducted by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, they said.
Feola and others at the district were notified Monday night of the accident, and “assembled a crisis team,” the statement said.
Feola on Tuesday at 10:20 a.m. distributed an e-mail that said:
“The Pottsgrove community is deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of one of our high school students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, fellow students and teachers.”
“We are cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident. We have put in place counseling supports for students and teachers, and we will continue to provide support for as long as it is necessary both at our high school and at the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center. We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.”
Photo from Lower Pottsgrove Police; Post composite map using Google Earth