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Archbishop Williams mourns tragic death of student


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WEYMOUTH -- The community of Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree came together April 11 to mourn the tragic loss of one of their students.

A school wide prayer service was held to remember 15-year-old sophomore Kate McCarthy, who was killed in a car accident that left three of her classmates injured.

"As a Catholic community of faith, we are deeply saddened by the serious automobile accident that occurred last night involving four of our students. We ask for prayers for the families of the students involved and for the entire Archbishop Williams community," an April 10 statement from the school said.

According to the Weymouth Police Department, officers responded to a report of a single motor vehicle crash at 11:00 p.m. on April 9. The car had struck a telephone pole before striking parked cars and a tree. McCarthy and another girl were ejected from the vehicle, and all four occupants were brought to South Shore Hospital, where McCarthy was pronounced dead. The extent of the other occupants' injuries was not released by press time.

The 16-year-old driver of the car, who was not identified because he is a minor, was cited April 13 for motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, junior operation violation, failure to keep right, and speeding. The investigation of the crash is still ongoing.

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