Longford Road Crash Takes Teen's Life

He was airlifted to Hahnemann Hospital, but didn't survive.

A one-car crash in Upper Providence Township this weekend took the life of a teenager, Upper Providence Police are reporting. The victim is reported to be a Spring-Ford High School student, though his name has not yet been released.

The crash, which is being investigated by Upper Providence Police and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, occurred on August 18 at approximately 8:54 p.m. on the 1000 block of Longford Road.

At the time of the crash there were three juveniles in the vehicle; including a 17-year-old driver.

According to a source, the vehicle crashed into the fence of . On impact, the rear passenger was ejected from the vehicle. He was airlifted to Hahnemann Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. 

The driver and the vehicle’s other passenger received hospital treatment for injuries and were released.

Police believe speed was a factor in the crash. They obtained a sample of the driver’s blood for testing, the results of which are not yet available. 

P-villian August 20, 2012 at 03:48 PM
RIP young one. Everyone is praying for you and your family!!!
Ed Roper August 20, 2012 at 06:14 PM
What a horrible tragedy. Please people, wear your seatbelts and bug your loved ones to make sure they do as well. This sounds like it very easily could of been prevented. So very sad.
Sheri McKee August 21, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Unbelievable. It's a fairly easy section of road and goes from 25 mph to 35 mph. Don't mean to be insensitive, but it would be really difficult to crash with the force needed to eject someone at that location unless they were driving at a high speed. So much for educating teenagers to drive safely. I hope the driver pays for what was done, unless they can prove without a doubt it was not due to driver error. I can't feel sympathy for someone causing such a tragedy.
Kristina napoli August 21, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I knew him sience kindergarden...and he was in my grade he was such an amazing person <3
Kaylinn Cecchini August 21, 2012 at 04:11 AM
It's so unreal. To think I was just with him a month ago. My condolences to close friends and family. It's a big loss for everyone, he was a great kid. He'll never be forgotten. Rest in peace Austin, we miss you bud.
brittany August 21, 2012 at 04:12 AM
He was my cousin the one who did not survive and the driver is also my cousin. but he has to live with what happened i my other cousin for the rest of his life my aunt and uncle of the victim that did not make it read this stuff please keep the negative off my family is grieving enough. without having to read anything negative not being rude but please let us grieve without reading negative things
Tara August 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM
My heart is so heavy. You and your family are in my prayers.
Erin Marie August 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I heard all the sirens Saturday night and then the helicopter and I was just praying that whoever was being flown out would be OK. I drive that stretch of road all the time and was with a friend one time who didn't think her old car would get up over the train tracks so she accelerated. She wasn't going fast and it was still scary coming over the top. It wouldn't take much to lose control on the other side. Obviously I don't know what happened...just saying it could have been just a tragic accident with no fooling around. Praying you sense God's peace & comfort during this difficult time. :-(
Barbara Jean Hein August 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Why is it everytime a kid gets killed doing something stupid we are to cry and pray? My kid is 25 and told me that was a popular game; to see over fast you can hit the tracks and go airborn and then bottom out. Oh and people at The Patch it's MONT CLARE!
Barbara Jean Hein August 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Why is it everytime a young one does something STUPID we are expected to cry and pray? My kid is 25 and a popular game around here has always been to "fly" over those railroad tracks. To attempt to "get air" like a BMX bike stunt. Oh, and people at PATCH it is MONT CLARE please make note of that.
Phil August 22, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Barbara Jean have you no compassion for the family that has lost a child? Regardless of HOW he died, the fact is, a young life has been lost and there are people who love him who must deal with that loss. You cry and pray for those who love him and wish them comfort and strength in the days ahead. May you never experience such a loss only to have others judge with such a lack of compassion.
Candace smith August 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM
My prayers for Austin's family and loved ones. May God embrace you and yours in your time of need. God bless.
Dawn August 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I will pray for your soul Barbara Jean. Your words are hurtful towards the family of this young boy. We cry and pray because we CARE!!!!! Some are lucky to get through their teenage years and some are not as fortunate, and a normal person feels for the loss of others regardless of how they pass away. I too have children and pray everyday that they make wise decisions, but in the end we can not predict what is ahead. Congrats to you for being able to hug your son today, because you don't know what tomorrow will bring. God Bless the Perdue Family. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Alexsandra Lodzuk August 22, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Our deepest sympathy to the Perdue family; he was a great kid, always kind and considerate. Horvath family, Mont Clare
Sandy Bean August 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I don't mean to be rude but the family really doesn't need to read this at this time of grieving. I also lost a son 8 yrs ago and had to deal with this. I hope it's something you don't have to live with, losing a child!
Grace August 22, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Wow, Barbara - insensitive much?? It is people like you that make this world such an ugly place. Go take your comments .. and tell someone who cares - like your 25 year old son. I am not even related or know these people and your comment pissed me off.
Lisa Gross August 23, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Wow, you didn't want to be insensitive? I assume you have studied the laws of physics and you were given ALL of the details and had time to go to the accident scene to conduct your own investigation BEFORE the police have completed theirs? So you are aware of the deer in the middle of the road and that even without seat belts on, the driver and his front seat passenger walked away with minor cuts and that they were going down hill and it was a chain link fence, not a brick wall and the tree that they hit is still standing and oh, maybe that caused the car to flip over and just MAYBE broke the rear window and JUST maybe that's how this poor boy was ejected from the back seat? Yes, the driver may have been going faster then he should have and yes, they made a horrible decision to not wear their seat belts. If I'm not mistaken, even with years of driving experience, people make mistakes that lead to accidents every day. Sometimes, it's exactly that, a mistake. How dare you or anyone else stand in judgement when you do not know the facts. Obviously I know the family, including the teenager that was driving. Please continue to sit on your high horse and pass judgement onto others. Don't worry about the driver paying for what he did, he is actually an honorable young man that wasn't drinking or doing drugs or running from a crime scene, he was leaving a family gathering and sadly wasn't given the gift of perfection at birth. Rest in peace Austin.
Lisa Gross August 23, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Thank God you NEVER made any mistakes as a teenager! By the way, just how does your son know about "getting air"......don't tell me he may have done something stupid? As a parent I would've thought you would have some understanding of teenagers and that they sometimes make mistakes....not all things are black and white. People cry and pray because they are human and have hearts. At the end of the day the reality is, a life was lost and regardless of the details, a CHILD is gone and his family and friends, including the driver, miss him. It's sad that all you took from this is that PATCH didn't know it was MONT CLARE.......where the perfect people live. I hope PATCH makes a correction just for you so you can sleep at night and not worry about those STUPID kids.
Carla Durante'Kelley August 23, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Barbara Jean..Wow, didnt realize there were such heartless people out there..No one asked you to "cry and pray". The "driver" will have the love and support from us, his family! First off, the "stupid" part of all this, is the fact people like you are so negitive, and first to jump at things they havent a clue! The two young men were cousins/best friends, so the Family has enough hurt and pain to deal with, my nephew has to live the rest of his life with this accident..there was no drinking, no drugs, over the speed limit perhaps, as we all do, but not to the point where he was "getting air"..young unexperienced driver, no seat belts....and God's calling..how dare you judge?! ~~ Aunt Carla
Carla Durante'Kelley August 23, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Sheri..Yes the driver, an unexperience driver, will be paying for this..Because he has to live with this the rest of his life! There were no charges against him..and NO ONE ask for your sympathy..He doesnt need it, he has a supportive family that will continue to love and stand by him...he lost his cousin/best friend,and the family lost a wonderful young man..must you be so negitive towards others tragedy? ~~ Aunt Carla
Carla Durante'Kelley August 23, 2012 at 04:44 AM
This was a very sad situation..I can see by the pictures shown here how the road does dip after the tracts...I hope Austin's parents continue to get the love and support that they will need..My nephew, the driver, will suffer knowing he lost his best friend/cousin..We as a family will support and love him..please people, be conciderate with the negitive comments, there was no drinking/drugs/charges..the two survivors will never get past this nightmare,allow the family to greive ...if you dont have anything positive to say, then just move on...Thank You..RIP Austin, you will be missed Baby boy ~~ Aunt Carla
Grace August 23, 2012 at 01:04 PM
HUGE hugs to you, Aunt Carla!
Mary August 23, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Barbara, you are a truly disgusting, heartless person. I hope you find other ways to occupy your day then making heartless, cruel comments and worrying about such trivial things as the placement of a story. I PRAY you will never have to experience the loss and devastation this family is dealing with. People make mistakes, and this poor boy will have to live with his mistake for the rest of his life. This family is in the thoughts and prayers of many. Maybe you should look around and start realizing hwo to act like a decent human being. Shame on you.
Michelle Dorsey August 24, 2012 at 02:46 AM
can i just punch u in ur face, seriously.. That driver that u think should pay happens to be the victems cousin, just imagine what this family is going thru...ur a piece of work
Sabrina Adkins August 24, 2012 at 04:47 AM
I am also Austin's Aunt Sabrina! I am also the aunt of the driver. Just in case anyone cares about the family this is a tragedy for our WHOLE FAMILY! None of this was meant to happen. Austin and his cousin were best friends since the day they were concieved and if you really cared about Austin, you would not blame the driver. This family will not tolerate negativaty and degrament on any level. This WAS AN ACCIDENT. If any of you can honestly say you did nothing stupid in your teens, I will tell you you were a bold face liar!!! Austin will live on forever with his memories and spirit. He brought out the best in the all the people that have ever come in contact with him. We will miss him forever, but will also love the driver forever. He loved his cousin!!! He is heartbroken!! Do not get involved with something you have no idea about!!! Thank you very much for minding your own busines!!!!
John from Oaks August 24, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I'm disheartened by the negativity of EVERYONE on this board. While the family and community grieves for the loss of young member, some of the comments here, such as "I'll punch ur face", "mind your own business", "you have no compassion" are pretty darn ugly. Prayers to everyone.
brittany August 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
thats right aunt sabrina some people have no hearts at all most of them judge before they even know the story people are just sick now if it was there family it would be different
Bev. Simmons August 28, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Wow There are some real jerks out there that think they are above us all, how dare you negative people make statements and remarks about the lives of kids you don’t even know, and are you kidding me how can you be so ignorant towards a young mans life, and I mean the young that has to live with the guilt for the rest of his life (just try to put your self in his shoes and think about how you would feel or if your kid had to deal with this kind of tragedy) and as for Austin the other young man that the family and friends lost and we all will miss forever, its people like you have no clue what its like to loss a child and it dose not matter how young or how old or how they died its always hard on mom, dad, family and friends so the least you negative people can do is get the facts before you open your big mouth and even then I know its hard for your kind not be ignorant but you can at least try or shut your trap. my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends with lots-of-love Bev.
EvAn September 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM
i feel for u brittany everyone in the area really enjoyed his personality....i watched u guys grow up n still cant believe out of all of us his life was cut short n he deserved life more than most of us that came out of The Clare
EvAn September 05, 2012 at 05:56 PM
wow u crazy bitch.....kids and teens have plenty of games they like to play....it isnt anything new for good people to make bad choices....so in ur eyes because my friends made a mistake that night we shouldnt grieve for them n their familys....ur 25 year old son knows about jumpin the tracks for a reason.....id put money on him being in a car at one time or another jumpin those tracks but he knows ur insane n dont have the balls to tell u that....


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