Palisades Student Killed in Car Crash, District in Mourning

A Palisades High School student died as a result of a single-vehicle car accident in Bucks County Thursday, leaving the small, close-knit district in mourning just as its Class of 2018 prepared to graduate.

Channel 6 Action News reported that junior Abby Stauffer, 16, of Ottsville, lost control of her car and was trapped in it after going off the road near the intersection of Old Ridge and South Park roads in Bedminster Township near Lake Nockamixon.

She later died of injuries sustained in the accident at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township.

The following statement about the death of 11th-grader Abby Stauffer was published Friday on the district’s Facebook page:

The Palisades School District and our school community is deeply saddened by the passing of 11th grade student, Abby Stauffer. Abby died last night as a result of injuries she sustained in a car accident that happened yesterday afternoon. Abby was active in volunteerism through the Palisades Youth Crew. She participated in mission trips in South America and was planning to attend a mission trip in Indonesia this summer. She was an extremely creative student and expressed that creativity through music and art, with a love for photography. In addition, she was on the varsity tennis team. This past year, Abby was a key participant in the Sustainable Living Expo that was held at the high school for students and the community. She was a friend to many students in our high school. In addition, Abby was a familiar face to many in the community through her employment at Seraphina’s Cafe in Ottsville.

Counselors are available at Palisades High School today for any students who are seeking to talk with someone following this tragedy. In addition, counselors will be available Saturday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at Palisades High School. Community members that need additional grief support can contact:

  • Penn Foundation at (215) 257-6551
  • Lenape Valley Foundation at (800) 499-7455 (24 hours)
  • Grief Hotline at (800) 445-4808

In the event crisis counseling is needed you can contact:

  • Grief Hotline (800) 445-4808
  • Doylestown Hospital Crisis (215) 345-2275

We will keep Abby’s family in our hearts and minds during this extremely difficult time.

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