2 teenagers dead in Penndel crash

PENNDEL, Pa. - August 16, 2010

A few miles away from the memorial, the Thunderbird the four were riding in sits demolished in a Bucks County garage.

"I find it to be a terrible tragedy, it's a shame, I feel horrible for the families involved," Penndel Police Officer Raymond Longhitano said.

18-year-old Thomas Ritchie, T.J., a recent graduate of Bensalem High School and 18-year-old Sean Smalley also of Bensalem were killed when the T-Bird went out of control at a high rate of speed around 1:20 a.m. and crashed into a brick wall.

Joe Reilly of Langhorne says he once worked with Smalley's father.

"It does happen to you, that's the sad part, it does happen to you, and it happened to his parents, that's the worst part; they'll live with us now, the rest of their life," Reilly said.

Contrary to earlier reports the Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler says there were no alcohol containers or drugs found in the car. However, the vehicle, police say, was clocked by a Middletown Township police check point traveling 92 miles per hour on Business Route 1. A short chase followed, but police broke off because of the speed.

"High speed definitely contributed to the accident, without a doubt," Longhitano said.

The D.A. says the driver's blood alcohol was not above legal limits, however, police await toxicology reports to see if he had taken something else. At the very least, he could be charged with driving in excess of 92 miles per hour, a speed that resulted in the death of two of his friends.

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