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Mourning the Loss of Two Teens Killed in Crash After Spring Dance

BEECH CREEK TOWNSHIP — People in Clinton County are mourning the loss of the two teens killed in a crash early Saturday morning. Beech Creek Township is q...
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BEECH CREEK TOWNSHIP -- People in Clinton County are mourning the loss of the two teens killed in a crash early Saturday morning.

Beech Creek Township is quiet on a late spring afternoon with the news that Carly Miller, a young woman whose eyes and smile could light up lives, never made it home from the Central Mountain High School Ball.

"I was sleeping when mom woke me up and I didn`t want to hear it," said Carly's classmate Heather Orndorf.  "I just kept saying, 'I don`t want to hear this. I don`t want to hear this.'  And I couldn`t believe when she actually told me."

"No, she didn`t, she didn`t die," said another classmate, Heather's cousin Matt Orndorf.  "But then I saw everything on Facebook and it was like, well."

Carly and her boyfriend Jordan King of Bellefonte went to the Central Mountain High School Ball at the Alumni Center at Lock Haven University Friday night.

What they did after the ball remains unknown.

But at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, state police found King`s badly damaged car off the side of a rural road in Gallagher Township.

The police report says the couple`s car was speeding, then lost control rounding a curve.  Tire tracks show the car started to swerve sideways, ran over a reflector pole, and eventually smashed sideways into a tree, cutting the car in half.

According to the police report, the teens were not wearing seatbelts.

Both died at the scene.

"She was so kind to everyone," said Matt Orndorf who adds the tragedy hasn`t quite sunk in for teens in Beech Creek.  "Everyone was happy when she was around.  It won`t be the same."

Matt and Heather Orndorf say Carly was planning to go to school to work in the medical field after next month's graduation from Central Mountain High.

Now they say the celebration will be bittersweet.

"She always put a smile on everybody`s face," said Heather Orndorf.  "If anything would happen to you she would always be on your side.  She would try to make things better."