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Rio Grande crash kills local teen

Rio Grande crash kills local teen


MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — A local high school student was killed in a Thursday morning car crash that briefly closed the George Redding Bridge, according to police.

Sadie Faulkner, 17, of the Rio Grande section of the township, apparently lost control of her car near milepost 2.1 on Route 47, near the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority. Police said the car Faulkner was driving west at about 5 a.m. struck a utility pole and several trees before stopping.

Middle Township High School Principal George West released a statement on Facebook offering condolences to Faulkner’s family and friends. The school said she would have been a senior in the fall.

“Sadie was a shining star at Middle Township High School,” said Superintendent David Salvo, reached by phone Thursday. “Our community certainly is grieving this tragic loss of life.”

According to Salvo, Sadie was a “well-rounded student” who participated in the high school track team.

“She had an infectious smile and vibrant personality,” Salvo said.

The high school is offering counseling to students and staff to help them cope with the loss.

Investigation into the crash, which is being handled by the Middle Township Police Fatal Crash Team and Major Crimes Unit, is continuing, police said.

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