Crash kills Union County teen, injures brother

Crash kills Union County teen, injures brother

Crash kills Union County teen, injures brother

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by Steve Lyttle / Charlotte Observer

Steve Lyttle / Charlotte Observer

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 18 at 3:26 PM

WAXHAW, N.C. -- A 14-year-old Union County high school student died late Tuesday afternoon after a car driven by his brother crashed into another vehicle, authorities say.

The N.C. Highway Patrol says Paulo Pappa died on route to Presbyterian Hospital, shortly after the wreck on New Town Road near Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road. Paulo's brother, Alexander, 17, was the driver.

Alexander was injured and hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center. He was released late Tuesday night.

A woman driving the other vehicle, an SUV, was not seriously hurt, troopers say.

According to authorities, the wreck happened when Alexander Pappa apparently lost control of his car and slid into an oncoming vehicle. Troopers say roads were wet at the time, with rain falling. According to the collision report, troopers did not believe Alexander was speeding.

Paulo Pappa was a freshman at Cuthbertson High, a Waxhaw school which opened two years ago. The school's spirit rock was painted by fellow students late Tuesday with the message, "Gone, Never Forgotten."

Students organized a memorial service before classes began Wednesday morning for Paulo, who despite only being a freshman, had earned first-chair status as flutist in the school's concert band. He also was a member of the school's marching ban, gave flute lessons, and acted in school plays.

Students at Cuthbertson High also wore black today, and they set up a Facebook page in memory of Paulo.

"It's so hard to hold back the tears, especially when you knew him," one girl wrote on the page.

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