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Ticonderoga teen dies of crash injuries

— A Ticonderoga teen-ager has died of injuries received in a motor vehicle crash.

Sarah Lynn Porter, age 15, died May 30. She was injured when a minivan carrying her and three other young people went off Route 8 in Horicon near Watering Tub Road and overturned May 9. The vehicle struck trees and a mailbox, authorities said.

Two of the occupants were treated for non-life threatening injuries, and one was uninjured. Porter was taken to Albany Medical Center in critical condition.

Porter was the daughter of Elizabeth (McVeigh) Hamel of Ticonderoga and John Porter of Granville.

A a ninth grade student at Ticonderoga High School, Porter participated in the school’s former gymnastics program and the Ticonderoga community girls softball program.

“Her loss is devastating to our school and our community,” Ticonderoga Central School Superintendent John McDonald said. “We are doing everything we can to support her family as well as the families of the other students affected by this tragedy. This is an extremely sorrowful time in our community and we need to work together to support our children and families.”

McDonald said the school crisis team met and counseling services were made available for students and families. The school district also mailed information to parents notifying them of Porter’s death and offering assistance in helping students deal with the tragedy.

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