DERRY — Students and staff at Pinkerton Academy are mourning the death of junior Korey Traficante, who was killed, and a classmate injured in a car accident over the weekend.
Traficante, 17, of 158 Fordway Extension, died and the car's driver, Cameron Dearborn, 17, of 5 Frost Road, was hurt when the Saturn they were riding in struck a tree on Frost Road shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, police said. The crash remains under investigation, Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas said.
Both are students at Pinkerton, where grief counseling was provided to students and staff members yesterday, according to school spokesman Robin Perrin.
He said it is difficult at the school whenever a student dies. Earlier this fall, a popular Pinkerton sophomore took his own life.
"Everyone at the school is a member of the Pinkerton community, and today we grieve for the loss of a family member, Korey," Perrin said.
Art teacher Sara White, who taught Traficante last year, said in a statement that he was a hard worker who was always willing to help others, knew want he wanted in life, and was not afraid to tackle new tasks.
"He was a very passionate student," she said. "When Korey completed something that he was proud of, his smile and energy could be felt by everyone, and it was always a reminder of why I became a teacher."
Family members could not be reached for comment last night and no one answered the door at their home. But neighbor Christine Calder said the 17-year-old was a close friend to at least three of her six children.
"He was a great kid," she said. "He was always polite to me."
Calder, who has known the family for several years, said he would come over to their house and play on the computer and ride dirt bikes in the backyard with her son Sean. He came from a good family, she said, adding that parents in the neighborhood used to hang out together.