Kutztown Area HS senior dies in crash near Kempton

Kutztown Area School District student...

LYNN TWP., Pa. - A Kutztown Area High School senior died in a crash near the border between Berks and Lehigh counties early Saturday morning.

Kaci Kunkel, 18, died when her vehicle hit a telephone pole and rolled over just before 5 a.m. on Route 143 in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, north of Kempton.

Kutztown Area School District Superintendent George Fiore issued a statement to students and parents informing them of Kunkle's death.

"For those of you who knew Kaci, we ask that you remember and celebrate her infectious smile and her hardworking spirit," he said. "For those of you who did not know Kaci, we ask that you respect our sadness and support us with your understanding."

Fiore said a team of psychologists and counselors will be on hand at the high school Monday to provide support to Kunkel's fellow students.

"Additionally, there will be counseling support for students at the Berks Career and Technology Centers and all Kutztown Area Schools," Fiore said. "Students who need additional support should contact their school counselor."

Route 143 was closed between Donats Peak Road and Allemaengel Road for a few hours Saturday morning.

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