1,000 at service for Chesco teen

Teens carry the casket of Collin McElroy, 16, one of four teens killed in a West Brandywine car crash, to the hearse.
Teens carry the casket of Collin McElroy, 16, one of four teens killed in a West Brandywine car crash, to the hearse. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)
Posted: July 08, 2011

As many as 1,000 mourners attended funeral services Thursday for Collin McElroy, identified as the driver of the vehicle in which he and three other teenagers were killed in a weekend accident in Chester County.

McElroy, also identified as the owner of the 1994 Honda Prelude, was the first of the four to be buried. The services were at Olivet United Methodist Church in Coatesville.

McElroy and Jerry Warfel, 14, both of Honey Brook, and Kyle Marsh, 17, and Evan S. Pringle, 15, both of Coatesville, were thrown from the vehicle and killed in the crash on Route 82 near its intersection with Route 322 in Chester County just before 1 a.m. Sunday. All four were Coatesville Area High School students.

The accident remains under investigation. Still awaited are results of toxicology analyses, but police said "marijuana and drug paraphernalia" were found at the scene.

Evidently the vehicle was speeding when it went out of control and struck a tree that sheered off the top of the Honda, said West Brandywine Police Sgt. Jeff Kimes.

A witness recounted that he had seen sparks flying from the bottom of a vehicle right before the crash.

McElroy was buried at Fairview Cemetery.

Services for Marsh are scheduled for Friday at the Maclean-Chamberlain Funeral Home, Wagontown. Services for Pringle will be private. No details of arrangements for Warfel were available.

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