NEWS Teen killed in Middletown crash on Route 352, state police confirm

Teen killed in Middletown crash on Route 352, state police confirm

A 15-year-old Penncrest High School student was seriously injured when he was hit by a car on Route 352 (also known as North Middletown Road and Van Leer Avenue) in Middletown Township on Monday night.

Rose Tree Media School Superintendent Dr. Eleanor DiMarino-Linnen identified the youth as ninth grader Shane Wolff.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., numerous ambulances and paramedics were dispatched to answer a call involving a teen with a head injury, according to dispatch logs.

The scene of a car crash that killed a Penncrest High School student. (Peter Bannan – Daily Times)

Fire police were called to the scene and the road was closed for several hours while officers investigated.

State police said Wolfe was hit by a motor vehicle at that location. He was taken to Crozier Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Trooper said the operator remained on scene and fully cooperated with the investigation.

The criminal investigation unit responsible for the most serious incidents of this kind did respond, but state police said there were no criminal investigations linked to the incident.

No other information was released.

Students received the news when classes started Tuesday morning.

DiMarino-Linnen sent an email alert to parents early Tuesday morning informing them of Wolfe’s death and the fact that a second child in the area had died, but it was not related to the crash on Route 352.

Another student, Benjamin Strain, died of illness.

“We are deeply saddened to lose two students and we work hard throughout the day to support our students, staff and families,” DiMarino-Linnen said Tuesday afternoon. Additional counselors and psychologists from DCIU and adjacent areas are added to the high and middle schools.

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