LOWER POTTSGROVE TWP., Pa. - A Montgomery County community is reeling with the tragic loss of a high school student.
Tim Paciello was killed Monday night while trying to cross a busy intersection in Lower Pottsgrove Township.
"I looked up to him ever since I could just remember," said Jason Paciello, Tim's younger brother.
Jason tried to accept the fact he will never see his role model and older brother again. He stood at the site of a memorial set up to honor his brother.
The 16-year-old was killed when he tried to cross the intersection at East High Street and Sunnyside Avenue, said the Montgomery County district attorney's office.
"It doesn't even feel like it's real. It feels exactly like a dream and a nightmare that you cannot wake up from," said Jason.
The accident happened just before 9 p.m. According to investigators, Tim was walking across East High Street when he was struck by a pickup truck in the center turn lane.
The Pottsgrove High School junior was flown to Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, where he died.
"I'm still in shock, like I can barely even feel anything. I can't comprehend what's going on right now," said Radeanna Paciello, the teen's older sister.
The driver of the truck is a 43-year-old woman from Collegeville, Montgomery Co. Her name has not been released, but authorities said she has been cooperative and voluntarily provided blood to be analyzed.
Paciello was on the high school wrestling team and loved music and playing the guitar. His classmates were notified about his death Tuesday morning and said there was a somber tone through the halls on Tuesday.
"We're just all kind of sad, even the people that didn't know him well. We're sad together," said Summer Grier, a senior at the high school.
Grief counselors were made available to both staff and students. It's a tragedy both family and friends are now trying to cope with.
"I can't eat. I can't drink. I don't know how I'm going to do this," said Radeanna Paciello.
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