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Published August 21, 2011, 10:41 AM

NJ community grieves after 4 teens killed in crash

LINWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A sport utility vehicle carrying eight high school football players on their way to a team meal after practice crashed on a New Jersey highway, killing four players and injuring the others, authorities said.

LINWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A sport utility vehicle carrying eight high school football players on their way to a team meal after practice crashed on a New Jersey highway, killing four players and injuring the others, authorities said.

The driver apparently lost control of the SUV on Saturday morning as it went around a crest on the Garden State Parkway and came upon heavy traffic, said Sgt. Julian Castellanos, a state police spokesman. The SUV overturned several times, ejecting two passengers, one of whom was struck by a passing car, Castellanos said.

All eight played for the Mainland Regional High School football team in Linwood and ranged in age from 15 to 17, state police confirmed Sunday.

The driver, 17-year-old Casey Brenner of Northfield, was killed, as were Dean Khourty of Linwood, 15; and two 16-year-olds, Edgar Bozzi of Somers Point and Nicholas Conner of Northfield. The injured included two Linwood residents, 17-year-old Jacob Smith and 15-year-old Kenneth Randall, and two 16-year-old Northfield residents, Kyle Beattie and Alex Denafo. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The crash comes just weeks before the school year begins at Mainland Regional, a 1,600-student school that serves Linwood, Somers Point and Northfield. School officials didn't respond to emails and phone messages seeking details on the crash.

Counselors were to be available to students at the high school and a candlelight vigil was planned for Sunday evening, assistant coach Rich Koeppel told the Press of Atlantic City.

The Mainland Mustangs are scheduled to open their season on Sept. 9. In 2008, the team won its first South Jersey Group IV sectional championship, according to the newspaper.

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