Teen Lacrosse Player Killed in Crash

Haverford School senior Kip Taviano was killed in a car accident Tuesday evening

A viewing and funeral will be held Sunday night and Monday morning for a senior lacrosse player who was killed in a car accident on Tuesday.

Kip Taviano, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the 300 block of Smithbridge Road in Concord.

Pennsylvania State Police say Taviano was driving his 2002 Toyota Camry in the westbound lane of Smithbridge Road, when he "failed to properly navigate the right curve" of the road and lost control.

Police say the teen's car swerved into the eastbound lane, hitting the passenger side of a Landrover, being driven by a 17 year old girl. She suffered minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

PennDOT's Gene Blaum tells NBC10 that there have been seven accidents on this stretch of Smithbridge Road between 2008 and 2012. Blaum says that is not a high number considering that road sees an average of 10,000 vehicles a day.

A viewing will be held for Taviano Sunday at the Pagano Funeral Home on 3711 Foulk Road in Garnett Valley, Pa. from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Taviano's funeral will take place Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle on 430 Valleybrook Road in Glen Mills, Pa.

The Haverford School says Taviano, of Glenn Mills, was set to play Division I Lacrosse at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina next Fall.

"We were going to be teammates again. Now we will never get that opportunity. I Love you and your family," tweeted teammate Jonathan Vandenberg.

"Love u so much buddy and always will! Still play with the same chin strap in lax tht u gave me and I'll never forget the times we had," tweeted teammate Robert Raucci.

Besides playing lacrosse, Taviano was also a member of Haverford's varsity football team.

"Kip was loved by all who knew him, and he will be missed dearly. We will work together today and in the coming weeks to support our boys and the School community in coping with this tragedy," said Haverford School in a statement released today.

Friends of Taviano gave out ribbons and fans wore his number during a lacrosse match-up between Garnet Valley and Great Valley Wednesday afternoon. One of the players in that match-up was Maggie Taviano, Kip's twin sister.

"It's hard knowing that I wasn't able to say goodbye," she said.

Still, for Maggie, the overwhelming support from the community has brought her comfort during a difficult time.

"The whole entire stands, they're all in purple and they're here for my brother," Maggie said. "And I know he's here too. I know he's here."

Taviano was not the first teen athlete to die in a car crash in Delaware County during the month of May.

Paul Lewis Pratt, a member of the Episcopal Academy crew team, was killed after losing control of his SUV and crashing into a tree on May 16.

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