Northeastern High junior dies after hit-and-run

Staff report

A Northeastern High School junior has died after being injured in an alleged hit-and-run crash early Sunday morning, according to police.

Abigail Osborn, right, and a friend at Northeastern Senior High School's prom at Friday, April 21, 2017, at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Warrington Township. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Abigail Osborn, 16, who was recently named among the Distinguished Young Women of York County, died Monday afternoon at Hershey Medical Center, the Dauphin County Coroner's Office said, according to Newberry Township Police.

The girl was discovered just after 1 a.m. Sunday in the 3400 block of York Haven Road, Newberry Township Police said. The teen was unconscious and was thought to be a pedestrian who had been hit by a vehicle.

She was flown by helicopter to Hershey with multiple injuries, including head trauma, police said.

Lyn Bergdoll, program chair for the Distinguished Young Women program, said everyone who knows Abigail is distraught and in disbelief.

Bergdoll said she learned of Abigail's injuries Sunday.

The teen had been scheduled to perform Sunday afternoon in Encore, the countywide showcase for high school musicals, according to Bergdoll, who also serves as organizer for the show.

Abigail was a nun in Northeastern's performance of "Sister Act," and Bergdoll said her friends and family were praying for a miracle.

Abigail Osborn

Bergdoll has known Abigail since she was a freshman, and she described the teen as "very bright, joyful, spirited" and with "a real zest for life."

"Everybody loves her," Bergdoll said. "(As a performer), she has a lot of charisma and a beautiful smile, so your eye is always drawn to her."

Hit-and-run: Police found a vehicle with damage and missing parts that matched the make and model of the vehicle that had struck the girl, parked along the roadway and covered with a car cover. The owner was contacted, and police contacted the suspected driver, who lives in the area.

Police charged David Michael Kent Jr., 24, of 15 Susquehanna Ave., York Haven, with accidents involving death or personal injury, failure to stop and render aid, failure to notify police of an accident involving injury or death and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Kent said he was driving on York Haven Road early Sunday morning while returning from a party in Hanover with his girlfriend, police said. Kent told police he struck an object that he initially thought was a mailbox, and he didn't stop.

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