A high-speed car crash early Tuesday morning resulted in the car being torn to pieces and the death of the vehicle's passenger.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, 2000 Honda Civic was being driven by Sean Sperl at a high rate of speed southbound on Ridge Road (Route 563) when it crashed into a utility pole at Sugar Hill Road in Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA.
Passenger Ryan Petrille, 21, of Lansdale, Pa. died at the scene after being ejected from the car. Sperl, also 21 and from Lansdale, was injured.
The investigation into the 12:10 a.m. crash continued throughout the day.
According to a preliminary police report, it appears Sperl failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the opposite lane of traffic and left the roadway before hitting the pole.
As daylight broke half of the Civic could be seen on one side of Route 563 while the other half rested on the other side.
The crash shut down the roadway for hours as the wreckage was examined before being cleaned up by road crews.