Aspiring Eagle Scout dies in crash

An as­pir­ing Eagle Scout from the North­east lost his life in an auto­mobile ac­ci­dent on Sat­urday after spend­ing the morn­ing do­ing vo­lun­teer work in Pennypack Park.

The tragedy oc­curred at about 12:36 p.m. on east­bound Red Li­on Road near North­east Air­port, Phil­adelphia po­lice said. Chris­toph­er Alvelo, 17, and three oth­er teens were pas­sen­gers in a Ford pickup truck when the driver, Alvelo’s 51-year-old step­fath­er, lost con­scious­ness.

Alvelo, the front-seat pas­sen­ger, grabbed the wheel and at­temp­ted to nav­ig­ate the truck around a left-hand turn onto Nor­com Road, but the truck veered down an em­bank­ment and crashed in­to a Chev­ro­let Para­t­rans­it bus parked out­side the North Phil­adelphia Jet Cen­ter, po­lice said. The truck nar­rowly missed a tank of flam­mable heat­ing oil, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports.

Alvelo, a stu­dent at New Found­a­tions Charter School in Holmes­burg, died at the scene. His step­fath­er was taken to Aria Health Tor­res­dale in crit­ic­al con­di­tion. Po­lice did not dis­close the nature of his ini­tial med­ic­al emer­gency.

The three teens who were in the back seat of the crew cab-style truck — ages 15, 16 and 18 — were taken sep­ar­ately to Aria Health Tor­res­dale and St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren in stable con­di­tion. Po­lice did not dis­close their in­jur­ies.

Peter Kur­tz, man­ager of the Pennypack En­vir­on­ment­al Cen­ter at 8600 Ver­ree Road, said that Alvelo was clean­ing a pond in the park’s nature sanc­tu­ary that morn­ing, as well as help­ing to re­pair some trails near in the area.

“I saw him Sat­urday morn­ing. It’s very sad,” Kur­tz said.

The youths re­portedly were on their way home from the park when the crash oc­curred. On Monday even­ing, fam­ily and friends of the vic­tim gathered for a candle­light vi­gil out­side of New Found­a­tions, at Rhawn Street and Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue.

Re­l­at­ives re­portedly de­scribed Alvelo’s vo­lun­teer work as the last step in his Eagle Scout ser­vice pro­ject. ••

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