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Central Bucks mourns death of student, prays for those injured in crash


Central Bucks East is mourning the loss of one student who died of injuries suffered in a crash in the Poconos hours after attending the school’s prom and praying for the recovery of a second student who sustained life-threatening injuries.

Nicholas Mannino, 18, of Pipersville, died at Geisinger Medical Center in Scranton early Saturday morning. He was a passenger in the car, which reportedly flipped over in rural Pike County. Two other students were injured, but their injuries are not life-threatening, the school district said.

In separate letters over the weekend, Central Bucks East Principal Dr. Chad M. Watters and Central Bucks School District Acting Superintendent Dr. Abram M. Lucabaugh spoke to the community.

Watters’ wrote in part: “I regret to inform you that after prom last night, there was a terrible car accident involving four CB East students.

“Tragically, one student has died and another sustained life-threatening injuries. ...”

Lucabaugh wrote in part: “This past weekend, our Central Bucks community suffered a significant tragedy....

“The death of a student, particularly on the cusp of what is a celebratory time of year, renders us deeply saddened and searching for answers,” he wrote. Graduation is scheduled for this week.

Lucabaugh said grief counseling is available for students and staff, “many of whom are reeling in the wake of such unexpected and difficult news.”