An 18-year-old Northeastern University student was killed in an early-morning New Year’s Day car crash in upstate New York, according to WIVB-TV and the student-run Huntington News.
Scott Herr, identified by the student newspaper as a freshman engineering major, was killed in a 1:15 a.m. crash on Friday in Elma, N.Y. WIVB reported that speed and the snowy weather appeared to be factors in the wreck.
“A vehicle was attempting to change lanes, lost control, went off the shoulder, traveled approximately 200 feet as it rolled several times and struck a tree in the process,” said Sgt. Daniel Dedo, New York State Police, speaking with WIVB.
The television station reported that Herr was ejected from the front passenger seat. Three other teens were in the car. A 15-year-old girl was critically injured. The driver, identified by WIVB as 18-year-old Ashley Hill, as well as a fourth passenger, were not seriously injured. Hill was identified as Herr’s girlfriend by the TV station. She is also a Northeastern student. The two other girls were said to be sisters.
WIVB reported, and his Facebook profile also says, that Herr was a graduate of Canton High School, in the Norfolk County town south of Boston.
State Police said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.