Car Hops Curb, Kills College Freshman, Injures Friend

By Sarah Glover and Dan Stamm
|  Monday, Jan 13, 2014  |  Updated 11:42 PM EDT
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Upper Darby High School grad Dante Desimone was hit by a car while walking down the street with friends. He died after two cars collided and hopped the curb and hit Desimone and another friend.

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Upper Darby High School grad Dante Desimone was hit by a car while walking down the street with friends. He died after two cars collided and hopped the curb and hit Desimone and another friend.

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Family and friends gathered Monday night to remember a popular college freshman who died when he was struck while walking along a busy road outside of Philadelphia.

Dante Desimone died after being struck by a car after it collided with another car along the 500 block of W Baltimore Pike in Clifton Heights, Pa. around 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Upper Darby High School grad and two friends were walking on the sidewalk when the car went onto the sidewalk after being struck by another car.

Following the wreck, Desimone was rushed to Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital where Desimone died. His friend Tim Robison, who also has ties to Upper Darby High, remained hospitalized Monday morning is serious condition at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Family members say a third friend with the teens wasn't hurt.

The drivers of both cars stopped following the crash and were cooperating with the investigation. DUI wasn't suspected.

Desimone was a graduate of Upper Darby High School where he played lacrosse and hockey and began attending nearby Neumann University this past fall studying sports entertainment.

Ralph Desimone told NBC10 that his family was devastated by his son's death. He said his son overcame a bone disorder that required surgeries to become a college lacrosse player.

Friends and family turned to Twitter using the hashtag #RIPDante to remember the student athlete.

The Upper Darby School District released a statement about the accident saying that the district "is deeply saddened" and that they would supply a "safe room" and grief counselors for current students.

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The Desimones took part in a candlelight vigil Monday night at 7:30 near the scene of the deadly crash.

"He was a good boy," said his mother while in tears. "He didn't deserve this."

Funeral plans are pending.

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