A 17-year-old Bedford girl died after the car she was driving crashed late Saturday evening in Bedford Township.
Kalyn E. Dorner, a junior at Bedford High School, was speeding northbound on Briar Valley Road with four other young Bedford-area residents when the car slid sideways, went off the right side of the road into a patch of woods, hit a tree, turned over and hit several other trees, according to state police.
Dorner died a couple hours later of multiple blunt force trauma to the upper torso. She also had a massive head injury, according to Jeffrey Lees, chief deputy coroner of Cambria County.
Two of the passengers were seriously injured but had stabilized by Sunday afternoon, according to Trooper Michael Taylor.
The other two were hurt slightly, he said.
The crash occurred at a hump in the road where young motorists sometimes go fast to "catch a little air," according to Taylor.
"Kids try to hit it like a jump," he said.
The car went past the spot southbound, then turned around and was making another pass when the crash occurred, Taylor said.
"They were apparently trying to go over this hump to get that rush of feeling you get in your stomach," Lees said.
There was no indication Dorner was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Taylor and Lees said.
"Zero," Lees said.
Dorner, who was wearing a seat belt, was trapped for a long time in the vehicle.
She was unconscious, however, Lees said.
Dorner was quiet, with a "sweet, warm smile," in evidence when you passed her in the hallways, Principal Kyle Kane said. "She was a really kind, good-hearted kid," he said.
She was on the yearbook staff and had taken several art classes, including ceramics and advanced drawing.
She was the vice president of her class last year, Bedford Area School District Superintendent Allen Sell said.
She took part last year in Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week at Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology and spent 18 days in Australia in 2006 as a People to People ambassador.
The school will have grief counselors - from the school district, the area ministerium and the county mental health office- available for students Monday.
Police did not give the names of the passengers: a man, 18, of Schellsburg; a girl, 17, of Bedford; a girl, 16, of Bedford; and a boy, 15, of Fishertown.
Schools are like families, and the death of a student is always difficult, Sell said.
"It's hard to wrap your brain around," Kane said.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.