A 14-year-old Bohemia Manor High School student has died from injuries she suffered late last week in a single-vehicle crash near Chesapeake City, according to Lt. Michael Holmes, a spokesman for the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
Samantha Sue Vinc, a Cecilton resident who was a high school freshman, was pronounced dead at 10:43 p.m. on Monday at Christiana Hospital in Delaware, police reported.
Meanwhile, her 15-year-old boyfriend, Dustin Ray Bartow of Chesapeake City, remained in critical condition at that hospital, where he is being treated for injuries suffered in the same crash.
Dustin is a sophomore at Bo Manor and is a member of that school’s football team.
Samantha’s mother, Sherri Ann Vinc, the 42-year-old Cecilton woman who was driving the car, suffered “non-life-threatening” injuries in the crash, police.
An ambulance transported the mother to Christiana Hospital but, as of Tuesday morning, information on her medical condition was unavailable, police added.
On Tuesday, according to Holmes, an investigation continued to determine how Sherri Ann Vinc lost control of her car, which veered of Courthouse Point Road, south of Chesapeake City, and crashed into a tree.
Kelly Keeton, a Cecil County Public Schools spokeswoman, reported that members of a Crisis Intervention Counseling Team returned to Bo Manor on Tuesday morning after spending Friday and Monday there to help students deal with their emotions after the serious traffic accident.
This time, however, the counselors would be helping grieving pupils come to terms with Samantha’s death, in addition to helping them cope with Dustin’s critical injuries.
Homeroom teachers broke the news of Samantha’s death to students in their respective classrooms on Tuesday morning before the start of classes, Keeton said. Aside from pupils being allowed to talk to counselors as needed, the school schedule would not be altered, she added.
Police said Sherri Vinc was driving in the eastbound lane of Courthouse Point Road near Shortcut Road shortly after 8 p.m. on Thursday when she inexplicably lost control of vehicle, which veered off the road and struck a tree.
According to emergency radio dispatches, the call was categorized as a “heavy rescue” and the teens were listed as unconscious.
Tom Morris, chief of the Chesapeake City Volunteer Fire Co., reported that the teens were trapped inside the back passenger area of the wrecked car, which he described as a Honda.
“It took about 15 minutes for us to extricate them. We had to cut off a rear passenger door,” Morris said, adding that approximately 15 Chesapeake City volunteer firefighters and paramedics responded to the call.
The Honda smashed into a tree that, according to Morris, was about 20 feet off of Courthouse Point Road.
A Maryland State Police helicopter flew Samantha to Christiana Hospital, where Dustin arrived in a Delaware State Police helicopter, police said.
A Hacks Point Volunteer Fire Co. ambulance transported Sherri Vinc, who was listed as conscious, to the same hospital, police added.
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