MACKEYVILLE - An 18-year-old girl died last night after she incurred serious injuries yesterday afternoon when her car slammed into a large tree along Mackeyville Road.
Cara L. Day of Howard died shortly after 7 p.m. last night at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, according to hospital staff. Day was taken by Life Flight to Geisinger Medical Center following the accident at about 11:30 a.m.
For an unknown reason, her car went off the right side of the rural road, then re-entered the road, crossed both lanes of travel and struck a tree on the driver's side door, Tpr. Timothy T. Wright of the state police barracks at Lamar said.
A Howard girl died last night after she incurred serious injuries yesterday afternoon when her car struck a large tree along the Mackeyville Road. She was trapped in the vehicle for a short time and flown to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Although police gave no indication why the vehicle went off the road initially, neighbors at the accident scene said the road in that area has a slight bump in it followed by a sharp turn.
Tpr. Wright indicated Day was speeding at the time, although there's no estimated speed listed on the police report. Tire tracks at the scene showed the car hit a bank on the right-hand side of the road before striking the tree on the other side.
Day was trapped in the car and was freed by rescue workers.
Witnesses at the scene said Day was following her boyfriend on the road at the time of the crash. Her mother and boyfriend were both at the scene.
She was transported by the Goodwill Ambulance to Lock Haven Hospital. After she was stabilized, she was flown to Geisinger.
Police were assisted by the Lamar Township, Dunnstown and Mill Hall fire companies, along with Goodwill Hose Amublance and Jersey Shore Ambulance.
This is the latest in a series of tragedies for the 2012 Class of Central Mountain High School.
Robert C. Wise III, 18, of Woolrich, died of an apparent drug overdose on May 25. His death is still under investigation. Another class member, Courtney Jarrett tragically succumbed to leukemia in the summer of 2009 after a brief battle with the disease.
And less than a month ago, another local teen, Joshua Fourney, 19, of Mill Hall, died tragically. He was killed after he crashed his car on Fairpoint Road, Bald Eagle Township on May 22.
A passenger in Fourney's car, Bryce Allen, 19, of Blanchard, remains at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was listed as serious on Wednesday afternoon.
Another passenger, Damien Major, 19, of Lock Haven, was also taken to Geisinger for treatment of injuries and has been released.