Unexplained Car Accident – Student Dead

MARTINSBURG – Derek J. Cuomo was making plans for the rest of his life, his high school wrestling coach said Saturday.

Derek, a senior at Central High School, had an early enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, where he would go after graduation in June, Coach John Horton said.

“He was looking forward to the next part of his life,” Horton said.

Derek, 17, of Henrietta, rural Martinsburg, died early Saturday in a one-vehicle crash on Henrietta Road in North Woodbury Township. He was first taken to Nason Hospital but later transferred to Altoona Regional Trauma Center. (See obituary, Page A13.)

Derek lost control of his car for an unknown reason and crashed about 12:30 a.m., Northwoodbury Township Police Sgt. Jeffrey Ketner said. The car then caught fire. Police continued their investigation late Saturday.

“We were all shocked,” Horton said.

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