High school student killed in Portsmouth crash

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 7:08 AM

Portsmouth fatal accident

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4:00 Update:  Police have identified the crash victim as 17-year-old Talon Cohen. 

The passenger has been identified as Mark Parker of Portsmouth.  A family member tells 13News Now Parker is, "Doing well although still in hospital being monitored."

3:08 Update: School board member James Bridgeford confirms a Woodrow Wilson High School student was the victim killed in this morning's crash on Portsmouth Blvd. Students tell 13News Now the principal at the school called for a moment of silence following the accident.  Students say the victim and passenger were on their way to school when the accident occurred.

10:52am update: Driver of the car was killed; passenger was hurt; truck driver OK.
Truck was coming off Jacquelyn Drive onto Portsmouth Blvd.
Intersection still closed

PORTSMOUTH - One person was killed and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Portsmouth, Det. Misty Holley told WVEC.com.

Officials say the two vehicles, a Ford F150 pickup truck and Honda Accord, crashed near the intersection of Jacquelyn Drive and Portsmouth Blvd. just before 7:30 a.m.

According to Holley, the driver of the Honda Accord, 17-year-old Talon Cohen, was pinned inside the vehicle and suffered trauma to the body.  Portsmouth Medic Units pronounced Cohen deceased at the scene. 

A juvenile passenger inside the Honda Accord sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Holley said. 

The driver of the Ford F-150 suffered minor injuries, but didn't need medical treatment. 

The investigation is still on-going. 

No charges will be filed until investigators have concluded the investigation, Holley said.  

Posts to the WVEC13 Facebook page warn about traffic issues in the area.

Holley says an officer monitors that area for speeders and drivers coming off the side streets.

"It's 35 mph on Portsmouth Blvd., once you hit the bridge down the street it's 45mph. But this is also a school zone, and no one slows down to 25mph. I get frustrated traveling here every day. Drivers are also doing u-turns on Portsmouth Blvd. right outside the school," Tracey Belcher said, who lives on Jacquelyn Drive.

Holley added that police haven't had major traffic complaints in this area except for speeding.

"Our traffic unit is really vigilant when it comes to school zones," she said.

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