Officials ID teen killed crossing Wallkill highwayPosted: Updated:
Authorities are still trying to piece together the details leading up to the death of a 15-year-old girl who attempted to cross a busy highway in Wallkill Thursday evening.
State police say the teen, identified as Hope Vandermark, had no local address, and that her death was an unfortunate accident. She was reportedly dressed in black and crossing the four-lane highway near the interchange where I-84 meets Route 17 when she was hit by a pickup truck.
Her four friends had already crossed safely.
"We're not exactly sure where they were coming from, where they were going," said Trooper Steven Nevel. "Investigators are still interviewing the other individuals who were with her."
Nevel says investigators are also following different leads as to where the victim was from.
The driver, 20-year-old Nicholas Hurst, of Bloomingburg, was not charged in the accident. Police say he was not intoxicated or distracted and that he did everything he could to avoid hitting Vandermark.