Teen Dies In Car Crash
Only 1-1/2 months after students and faculty at Southern Fulton Junior/Senior High School said goodbye to two students killed in a tragic automobile accident, a 17-year-old Wells Tannery girl succumbed to injuries last Tuesday evening after her car ran off the roadway and crashed.
Victoria Rose Lynn, affectionately known to friends and family as “Tori,” was pronounced dead at the accident scene located along Mountain House Road at 9:15 p.m. by Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders. Cause of death has been linked to blunt force head trauma.
She was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred an hour earlier, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Gary Hibner of the Mc- Connellsburg barracks stated in his report.
The 8:03 p.m. crash occurred on a straight stretch located on the 1000 block of the Wells Township roadway. For reasons still unknown to state police investigators, Lynn’s southbound Chrysler Lebaron convertible travelled onto the berm. Lynn attempted to regain control of the car, which crossed the centerline and slid back across the right lane and off the road.
The car, Trooper Hibner reported, went down an embankment, where its driver’s side door and front bumper struck two trees.
Lynn’s boyfriend and passenger, 18-year-old John Wesley Woy of Hustontown, was wearing a seat belt. He suffered various injuries and was flown to Altoona Regional Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition the following morning.
Given the gravity and overwhelming sadness surrounding the accident, both faculty and trained personnel were ready and available to meet with Forbes Road High School’s student body Wednesday following a group meeting in the auditorium. The grief counselors, which included local clergy, SAP personnel, guidance counselors and representatives from the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11 and Mental Health Association, were on hand. Additional counseling was also made available Friday and Monday for any students wishing to speak to someone.
Lynn was a member of Forbes Road 2011 graduating class and was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. She also adored horseback riding, and, according to a soon-to-be-released 2011 Forbes Road Cardinal Yearbook, her horse was her most prized possession.
Lynn considered herself to be not only caring and outgoing but short-tempered and was easily annoyed by people who couldn’t mind their own business. She left this world with these final words, “Whatever you do in the darkness will eventually come to light.”
She is survived by her parents James Billings of Orrstown and Michele and Robert Lardiere of Wells Tannery. Grandparents are George and Charlotte Lynn, also of Wells Tannery.
Lynn’s obituary appears on page B3 of the “News.’’