The driver of a car, who police said fled the scene of a crash that killed two of his passengers, is now in custody.
Roger Malloy was behind the wheel of the car just before 11:30 p.m. Monday when police said it skidded off the wet road in the 500 block of State Street in Pottstown, Montgomery Co., and slammed into a pole.
One of Malloy's four passengers, Rachel Witt, 15, a freshman at Pottstown High School, died at the scene; another, James N. Crawford, 28, of Pottstown, died later at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, officials said. The coroner ruled both their deaths accidental.
Another passenger, Kendal Harper, was seriously injured and transported to the trauma center at Reading Hospital. Harper, 16, of Pottstown, was last reported to be in serious condition with head trauma and internal injuries, officials said.
"It's a tragedy," said Chief Mark Flanders, Pottstown Police Dept. "It's a tragedy no matter what, but when you involve kids, it even gets worse."
Investigators said they learned that Malloy and another man were seen running from the scene of the crash after removing the other occupants from the vehicle prior to police arriving on the scene.
Malloy, 27, was apprehended Tuesday as he tried to flee from Pottstown police on a bicycle, officials said. He is facing three counts each of accident involving death and personal injury while not properly licensed and accident involving death and personal injury, and one count each of driver required to be licensed and driving while suspended DUI related. Malloy's license was suspended because of a DUI offense on Apr. 29, 2011, police said.
The other man who fled the scene is cooperating with the investigation and not facing charges, authorities said.
Grief counselors are on hand at both Pottstown Middle and High schools to help students and staff cope with Witt's death, said John Armato, a district spokesman, who added that Harper was also once a student in the Pottstown schools.