A 17-year-old French foreign exchange student died early Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash late Monday afternoon on Plank Road near the entrance to the Logan Valley Mall.
Elisabeth Taurines, 17, of Versailles, France, died at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she had been transferred after the 5:30 p.m. accident Monday, said Ron Heller, Logan Township police chief.
Taurines was a passenger in a Mercury Mountaineer driven by Julianne Claycomb, 33, of Husick Lane, Saxton. Claycomb was serving as her American host, police said.
Claycomb is the librarian at Tussey Mountain Junior/Senior High School.
Logan Township police said Claycomb's vehicle was traveling north on Plank Road when she moved into the turning lane and turned into the path of a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Anthony Baney, 23, of South Oak Street, Altoona.
The Claycomb vehicle was struck on the passenger side and rolled over, police said. Taurines was trapped inside and extricated by emergency personnel.
She first was taken to Altoona Regional Health System, Altoona Hospital Campus, and then transferred to Children's Hospital by medical helicopter.
Police are continuing the investigation. Heller said there was no reason to believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
The Allegheny County medical examiner is to conduct an autopsy today, Heller said.
Both Claycomb and Baney were in fair condition Tuesday at Altoona Hospital, according to hospital officials.
Taurines was attending classes at Northern Bedford County High School although she was living in the neighboring Tussey Mountain School District, school officials said.
She originally had planned to attend Tussey Mountain with Claycomb's daughter Elizabeth, but that school did not have the proper certification to accept her F1 student visa. Northern Bedford, however, did have that certification.
''We were in the process of obtaining certification so she could attend school here, but the application process would take four to five months,'' said Mike Panek, Tussey Mountain principal. ''Northern Bedford graciously offered her an opportunity to attend their school. The plan was for her to attend NBC for the first semester and Tussey Mountain for the second semester.''
Taurines attended band practices at Tussey Mountain with Elizabeth Claycomb, Panek said.
''She was very well-liked here, although she was not a student. It is extremely sad,'' he said.
Taurines' death had an impact on both schools.
''It is just so unfortunate this happened and the impact it has on two small school districts. It has been a trying day here today,'' Northern Bedford Superintendent Scott King said.
''She was a bright young lady who got along very well with the students and staff here,'' Northern Bedford Principal Wayne Sherlock said.