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Amanda Morabito of Yulan, who just finished her junior year at Eldred CS, was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday. She is shown in 2010 at the Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby organized by the Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club.
Yulan teen killed in Glen Spey MVA
Story by Frank Rizzo
YULAN July 9, 2013 One Yulan girl is dead and her sister remains in serious condition after a one-car accident on Saturday afternoon in the Town of Lumberland.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating, said that at approximately 4:30 p.m. a 1996 Honda Civic driven by Joshua Crespo, 18, of Port Jervis, was traveling northbound on County Route 31 near Glen Spey, when it ran off the road and struck a utility pole.
Amanda Morabito, 17, of Yulan, the front seat passenger, was flown from the scene to Westchester Medical Center where she subsequently died from her injuries.
Her sister, Ashley Morabito, 16, who was in the back seat, was taken to Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis and then transferred to Westchester Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition as of press time.
Crespo was also taken to Bon Secours Hospital, where he was treated and released. He was issued tickets for bald tires, no insurance and a suspended registration.
The investigation into the cause of the accident is still pending.
Eldred JR/SR High School Principal Scott Krebs said Amanda was to enter her senior year while Ashley will be entering her sophomore year this fall.
On Sunday, Krebs sent a message to all Eldred Central School students, parents and staff to communicate that counselors would be available at the school Monday-Wednesday, July 8 - 10, from 9 a.m.2 p.m.
“If those times are not convenient, people can call the school (at 456-1100) and we will accommodate their request,” said Krebs, who noted he’s dealt with several such student deaths in his 10 years at ECS.
“I called the father and he was appreciative of our efforts,” said Krebs.
The Lumberland Fire Department and its ambulance, as well as the Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance Corp. responded.