Oley student killed, brother injured in crash in Ruscombmanor

RUSCOMBMANOR TWP., Pa. - A Berks County community is heartbroken after tragedy struck around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Preston Rowe's life was cut short when he lost control of his car. State police said the 17-year-old crashed into several trees in the 500 block of Oley Road in Ruscombmanor Township.

Administrators at Oley Valley High School said Rowe was a dedicated student. They said he was thoughtful, considerate and always brought the best out of those around him.

Principal Mike Stauffer issued this statement to 69 News:

"The entire Oley Valley community is deeply saddened by this tragic and sudden loss of life on Wednesday evening. Thank you to an overwhelming response from other Berks County schools, mental health agencies, local businesses, and organizations, we have additional counselors on hand to assist students, families, and staff with the grieving process. We ask that you join us in keeping the Rowe family in your thoughts and prayers as they work through this difficult time."

Preston played baseball for Oley Valley. The athletic director said he was a pitcher, right fielder and a designated hitter.

He was on his way home from practice when he crashed. He and the rest of the team were scheduled to play in the district-semi final game Thursday, but that's been rescheduled until Friday.

The team tweeted this out Thursday:

"The OV baseball family would like to thank all for the love and support we have received. Please keep the Rowe family in your prayers. #8"

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