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Teen in Sewickley Township crash died of head injuries

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Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

A teenage girl killed in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night died from head injuries, the Westmoreland County coroner's office reported yesterday.

Taylor Frohnhofer, 16, of Sutersville was pronounced dead at the scene of the Sewickley Township crash at 11:42 p.m. by Deputy Coroner Joshua C. Zappone.

State police and the coroner said Frohnhofer was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Her death has been ruled accidental, according to the coroner's office.

Frohnhofer was a passenger in a 2004 Honda Civic operated by a 16-year-old boy. Friends and neighbors identified him as Jorden King, also of Sutersville.

King was wearing a seat belt, police said. He was flown from the scene to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh, where police said he was in stable condition.

Both were students at Yough Senior High School. Frohnhofer was a sophomore and King is a junior, according to school officials.

According to state police and the coroner, the vehicle was traveling south on Clay Pike Road when the it left the road on a curve. According to a news release from the coroner's office, the car was traveling at a high rate of speed. After striking a stone wall, it became airborne, then struck a tree.

According to the coroner, an autopsy on Frohnhofer was performed by Dr. Cyril Wecht and Pathology Associates. Toxicology test results will not be available for several weeks.

State police are continuing to investigate the accident. No updated information was released yesterday.

Funeral arrangements for Frohnhofer are being handled by Beatty-Rich Funeral Home Inc. in Madison.

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