By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
COOLSPRING TOWNSHIP —
A 17-year-old Worth Township girl was killed in a three-car crash Wednesday on Route 62 in Coolspring Township, officials said.
Samantha Lynn Coast of 274 Jackson Center-Polk Road was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:35 p.m., said Mercer County Deputy Coroner John Libonati.
An autopsy was not ordered and the Lakeview High School and Mercer County Career Center senior was determined to have died of chest and head injuries, he said.
Samantha was a passenger in a car driven by William J. Cupic, 18, of Mercer, which was southbound when it spun on the wet roadway into the oncoming lane, said state police, who were dispatched at 5:53 p.m.
The car collided with a northbound pickup driven by Wendell Boyd, 73, of New Wilmington, and continued to spin until it collided with a northbound pickup driven by James Boughner, 33, of Jackson Center, police said.
Samantha and Cupic were not wearing seat belts, police said.
A state police special investigation unit is reconstructing the crash, police said.
State police issued a news release about the crash but only identified the deceased as a juvenile female. Trooper Adam Reed, a public information officer at state police headquarters in Harrisburg, said state police only release the names of juveniles who are charged as adults with crimes.
Identifying a minor killed in a car crash would be “against our regulations,” he said.
Reed said he did not know the rationale for the policy or why it would apply to someone not charged with a crime in a newsworthy event such as a fatal car crash.
“I definitely see where you’re coming from,” he said. “Unfortunately, we can’t do it.”