17-Year-Old Dies From Injuries After Being Struck By Vehicle On Binghamton's West SidePosted: Updated:
17-year-old Harper Stantz has died from her injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Beethoven Street in Binghamton, according to the Binghamton City School District.
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of Binghamton High School junior Harper Stantz. Harper passed away as the result of a Monday afternoon car accident on the west side of Binghamton. She brightened the lives of all who knew her, and she will be profoundly missed. We extend our deepest condolences and support to the Stantz family as they cope with this immense loss," the school district said in a statement Wednesday.
The crash happened on the afternoon of March 11, when police say Stantz and 19-year-old Britney Laserinko were walking on the sidewalk of the west side neighborhood when police say a red Jeep drove off the road and hit them both.
On Tuesday, the driver of the vehicle, Kevin L. Wilcox, pleaded not guilty to charges of impaired driving and vehicular assault. When asked if authorities will now charge Wilcox with vehicular manslaughter, the Broome County District Attorney's Office replied that while they could not comment for a grand jury "the case is pending grand jury action and the appropriate charges will be presented."
Laserinko, a graduate of Binghamton High School, sustained internal injuries and multiple broken bones according to court documents.
Community support for the girls and their friends and families has been tremendous.
As of Wednesday evening, donations on a GoFundMe site reached over $47,835.
Not-for-profit group First Ward Charities launched a Facebook fundraising campaign so that 100 percent of the proceeds would go to the families.
"Our continued thoughts are also with the family of Binghamton High School graduate Britney Laserinko, who was seriously injured in the accident and remains under medical observation at a Syracuse hospital. Britney has undergone significant surgery, and is currently in stable condition," reads the school district statement.
Binghamton High School is not in session tomorrow, but a spokesperson for the district said they are keeping the building open for students and staff so they can access to counseling services.