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Troopers: Teen Killed in High Speed Crash
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A recent high school graduate was killed Wednesday night in a crash in Union County.

Emily Kunkel, 18, Mifflinburg was killed when the car her boyfriend was driving crashed around 7 p.m. Thursday, said state police.

The driver, Christopher Libby, 19, also of Mifflinburg survived. Troopers said speeding could have been a major factor in the deadly wreck.

State police were back at the crash scene near Mifflinburg one day after the car driven by Libby went off the road, rolled multiple times and came to rest in a wooded area.

Libby was thrown from the car, so was his passenger Emily Kunkel.  Investigators said both were not wearing seat belts, and Kunkel died at the scene. Libby was flown to the hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive.

Anne Russell stopped by to see where the wreck happened.

"Very sad, it's unbelievable, so tragic," said Russell of Millmont.

Neighbors would not go on camera, but claim Christopher Libby was a regular speed demon and drove back-roads like Sportsman Club Road without regard for others.

The car, a Pontiac GTO now sits at the State Police barracks near Milton. Libby had a nitrous fuel system in the car which provides a speed burst, said troopers. It is not known if it was used at the time of the crash.

School officials in Mifflinburg said Emily Kunkel graduated high school in June. School counselors will be on hand at the middle school Friday from 9 a.m. to noon to hear any concerns from fellow students and faculty about the significant loss of one of their own.

"It brings a sense of frustration to a lot of folks because of all the cautions we attempt to deliver," said Superintendent of the Mifflinburg Area School District Dan Lichtel.

At last check, Christopher Libby is at Geisinger Medical Center in serious condition.

Troopers are still investigating exactly what led to the deadly crash in Union County.

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