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Massaponax High School student killed in car crash Tuesday

A 17-year-old Massaponax High School student was killed last night, just hours after her Christmas break had begun.

She was killed in a crash that followed what appears to have been a fender bender, my colleague Scott Shenk is reporting. Below are the details he’s gathered thus far.

About 6:30 p.m. there was a minor crash on Salem Church  Road, Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Lt. James Bibens said. The girl apparently got out to inspect the damage to the vehicle she was in. She was between the two vehicles when a pickup truck hit the rear of the other vehicle, pinning her between them. She died at the scene, he said.

Investigators are still gathering information and are on the scene today reconstructing the crash. Bibens said more information would be available later.

Spotsylvania County students got out for the Christmas break after school yesterday and aren’t to return to school until Jan. 3.  Schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels said the division sent out a note to parents of Massaponax students informing them of the accident and death.

Check back to Fredericksburg.com for updates.

Below is the message sent to Massaponax families.

To Our Massaponax Families,

It is with great sadness that I notify you that last night one of our students was fatally injured in a car accident. We realize this is a difficult situation for this family and we hope that you will keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.

Please be aware that children will have varied reactions to the death of a peer. Any reaction is normal in the grief process and can range from withdrawal, to crying and anger. I encourage you to openly discuss with your child their reactions and feelings regarding the death of this student. Upon return to school, special counseling services will be available to students as needed.

At this time our focus will be on the family who was affected by the accident and honoring their wishes. We ask that if you know the family, please help support them during this time. We appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers for the family.

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