2012-07-12 / Front Page

Two Teens Die In Wells Tannery Crash

Two passengers flown to Altoona
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Bryant White Bryant White Tragedy struck northern Fulton County again as two area teens were claimed in a car crash near the village of Wells Tannery Tuesday morning.

Eighteen-year-old Bryant Andrew White of Wells Tannery, and 17-year-old Hustontown resident Cody Gregory Gracey were pronounced dead at the scene at 3:30 a.m. following the single-vehicle crash. Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders has linked cause of death in the double fatality to blunt force trauma.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Bradley Huff from the Mc- Connellsburg substation reported neither White nor his 17-year-old front seat passenger were wearing seat belts when the accident happened in the vicinity of 6172 North Valley Road.

In addition, Trooper Huff further noted rear seat pass engers Cheyenne Nicole Hege, 18, of Mc- Connellsburg, and 19-yearold Fort Litt leton resident William Joseph Hess were not wearing seat belts either. Both Hege and Hess suffered major injuries.

Cody Gracey Cody Gracey Police said Hege and Hess were both flown to Altoona Hospital for treatment. Hospital officials reported Tuesday afternoon Hess remains in serious condition. Meanwhile, no information could be obtained on Hege as she has since been transferred from the facility, officials added.

In their reports, state police indicated the fatal crash occurred as White was heading southbound through Wells Township at 1:37 a.m. White’s 2000 Mercury Cougar reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane before sliding through an adjoining grassy field. The car, police said, struck several trees before coming to a final rest.

Emergency responders said the teens had just left White’s mother’s home in Wells Tannery. It is unknown where their planned destination was.

White had relocated to northern Fulton County with his family after having attended Clifton-Fine Junior-Senior High School in Star Lake, N.Y.

Recently, both White and Gracey had attended Forbes Road Junior-Senior High School where Gracey had previously been a member of the Cardinal baseball team.

State police were assisted on the scene by Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co. and EMS personnel as well as Raystown EMS.

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