Columbia County Teen Dies in Crash Enroute to School

BENTON – Another tragic accident in our region…a teenager died in a crash in Columbia County Wednesday morning. State police report that the driver, 17-year-old Brandon Kocher of Stillwater, was in a one vehicle crash around 7:45am.  Authorities say he was on his way to school.

They say he was near Benton on Route 487 in Fishing Creek Township, when off the road and hit the guardrails and then a tree. Counselors are on hand at both the Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School, and the Benton High School. Troopers say Kocher was not wearing a seat belt.

A deputy coroner pronounced the teen dead at the scene. State police had assistance from Geisinger Ambulance, along with crews from the Benton Volunteer Fire Department, and Orangeville Community Fire Company. There have been two other crashes locally which claimed the lives of teenagers.

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