Dante DeSimone, 18, a freshman at Neumann University, was struck and killed in a two-vehicle accident that also seriously injured his friend Tim Robison, 18, an Upper Darby High School student.
A car traveling east on the 500 block of West Baltimore Pike in Clifton Heights was attempting to make a left turn into a McDonald's about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when it struck a pickup truck that was traveling west, police said. The impact sent the pickup onto the sidewalk, where it struck DeSimone and Robison, police said.
DeSimone was rushed to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Robison suffered severe injuries and was listed in stable condition Monday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to Clifton Heights Police Chief Tim Rockenbach.
Both drivers cooperated with police at the scene, Rockenbach said. No charges have been filed.
More than 200 people gathered Monday night at the McDonald's to remember DeSimone. Balloons, candles, and sports memorabilia were placed in front of the restaurant alongside "Rest in Peace" messages.
One message read: "RIP Dante. 21." He wore a No. 21 jersey in lacrosse. His first lacrosse practice would have been Jan. 27.
"It's going to be a tough season without him," said senior lacrosse player Taylor Ehret, 22, who had taken DeSimone under his wing at Neumann.
DeSimone's father, Ralph, said his son "always wanted to be the best."
Dante DeSimone's younger brother, Anthony, 16, placed one of the last candles at the vigil site.