Police ID both victims in fatal West Chester accident

The West Chester Police Department has identified the second person killed in a car crash Saturday morning.

The passenger in the blue 2000 Honda Civic has been identified as 34-year-old, Jorge Rosalio Rodriguez Lopez of Springdale.

The crash happened in the 9800 block of International Boulevard shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday.

West Chester police Lt. Barry Walker says the driver of the 2000 blue Honda Civic, German Francisco Mejia-Rodriguez, 22, of West Chester, lost control while traveling along International Blvd.

Walker says the car, "Ran through the grassy area, hit three trees, actually went airborne for a distance and then struck two separate tractor-trailer units  that were parked."

The roof of the car was sheared off as it passed under the first trailer and then became wedged beneath the second. The victims died instantly.

The victims' families now have to deal with their grief and clinical counselor Helen Magers says talking is a good way to deal with that grief.

"Whenever something happens in your life that's upsetting, if you hold onto it it festers, it just gets worse," she said.

Magers says grief can be compounded when the circumstances of the loss are tragic.

"Because your imagination can play this over and over again. It may not actually be what happened, but you can imagine," said Magers.

Magers says grieving is a process that may take years, but one shouldn't hurry through it and she says having support can make a difference.

"Sitting with somebody and just listening and trying not to make it better," she said. "You can't make it better for them as much as you want to you can't take their grief away. They've got to experience it."

A witness saw the car stuck under the semi-truck and called police.

The crash remains under investigation and the preliminary findings indicate that a combination of speed and alcohol may have contributed to the crash.

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