Standout Chestnut Ridge wrestler dies in car crash

Chestnut Ridge vs. Westmont
Official Ed Bishop declares Chestnut Ridge’s Kai Burkett the winner of a 106-pound bout after he pinned Westmont Hilltop’s Connor LaMantia, during a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference title match in Johnstown, PA., Tuesday, Jan.22, 2019. Chestnut Ridge won 44-18.

The Chestnut Ridge School District and local wrestling community are in mourning following the death late Friday night of Lions senior Kai Burkett.

The two-time state medalist was killed in a two-vehicle car crash.

State police in Bedford reported a fatal crash involving a 17-year-old on Cortland Road in Napier Township at 10:23 p.m. The teen’s Nissan Altima swerved to miss debris and, upon re-entering the roadway, traveled sideways into the path of a Ford F-150XLT driven by Fernando Rodriguez, 57, of New Paris. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. Rodriguez and his passenger suffered minor injuries.

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