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The Central Bucks School District begins the final week of school as the community mourns the loss of one of its own.
Students reported back to class Monday after the Central Bucks High School East junior Nicholas Mannino’s death in a car accident that occurred hours after the school’s prom.
Nicholas, 18, was a passenger in a car with three other CB East students who lost control, fell and felled trees while the teenagers were at The Fuge in Warminster in the Poconos after Friday prom.
The Pipersville teenager died of his injuries Saturday morning in a Scranton hospital. Another student sustained life-threatening injuries and two others were injured in the 1:20 p.m. accident in rural Pike County.
State Police Trooper Robert Urban, spokesman for Troop R, which covers Pike County, said Monday morning that the other three in the vehicle were still in the hospital. The driver of the vehicle was in a coma with serious injuries, the other two sustained moderate injuries.
Nicholas, he said, was a passenger in the car when the accident happened.
Urban said investigators believe the four were traveling to an AirBnB when they crashed. The accident site is near the popular Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos.
He said on Monday that he has not yet been able to identify the three injured. He said the cause of the crash is still being investigated.
Accident in the Poconos: Central Bucks East student, 18, killed in a crash after Bucks County prom
“The death of a student, especially on the cusp of a festive season, makes us deeply saddened and seeks answers,” wrote Acting Superintendent Abram Lucabaugh in a letter to the Central Bucks families on Sunday. “The emptiness that arises when something of this magnitude occurs, coupled with the unspeakable grief after such a loss is very real and harbors many emotions.”
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On Monday. The district’s critical response team should be on the CB East to “facilitate the grief counseling process and provide the necessary support to students and staff, many of whom have faltered after such unexpected and difficult news,” district officials said.
The teachers gave the students time in class on Monday to talk about the accident and process their feelings. You should also manage the schedules for the final exams in the face of the accident.
The week should be a time of celebration in the district as its schools graduate this week. Both graduation and prom marked a return to some normalcy for students who missed milestones and traditional celebrations last year due to the pandemic.
Buckingham school has scheduled graduation for Thursday.
Lucabaugh said the district works with its students and their families.
“Although nothing can remove the clouding that comes down in a time of loss, we can put our arms around those affected to show our support and strength,” he wrote. “On behalf of all of us, may we expand our care and encouragement for the community in the East as it begins the grief and healing process, and may we continue to find ways to support all of our students in accordance with our mission and vision.”
The community remains shocked and saddened by the tragic accident.
Two bouquets of roses stood on the counter of Villa Capri in Doylestown on Monday, sent by parishioners to support the Mannino family. Nicholas’ father Matt owns the restaurant and is an active and popular member of the community.