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The wreckage of a car in which three teens were riding in Derry on New Year's Eve. Two of the teenagers suffered life-threatening injury when the car slammed a tree. (COURTESY/Derry Fire Deptartment)

Community remembers Pinkerton junior killed in New Year's Eve crash

DERRY — The Pinkerton Academy community is "heartbroken" over the death of Kyle Ross, the 17-year-old junior killed in a New Year's Eve crash.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kyle Ross and we offer our heartfelt prayers and thoughts for Johanna's recovery," Headmaster Mary Anderson said Thursday.

Ross was behind the wheel of a car that slammed into a tree at Gulf Road and Hampshire Drive late Tuesday night, according to police. Passenger Johanna Morse, 16, also a Pinkerton student, was critically injured and remains at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Morse's family released this statement Thursday: "We would like to thank our family, friends and the community for your incredible outpouring of love and support over the past two days. JoJo is doing better today than she was yesterday. We look forward to constant, positive progress in her recovery. We thank you for respecting our privacy and please continue to send good thoughts and prayers her way."

Police said a 16-year-old boy from Chester, Thompson Upham-Davis, was also in the vehicle. He was not seriously injured.

Ross died at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. Vern Thomas said.

"Here's to a night of memories made and memories forgotten," was Ross' final post on his Twitter account New Year's Eve.

Ross' death provoked an emotional response from fellow students and friends on Facebook.

"Rest in peace Kyle, you will be missed," one post read. "It feels like just yesterday I was talking to Kyle in 8th grade..."

To help students cope with the tragedy, grief counselors will be available Saturday on the high school's campus, Anderson said.

Ross was remembered by Athletic Director Timothy Powers as a hustling member of the freshman baseball team he played for in 2012.

Powers said Ross played well as an outfielder on the team that year.

"I remember him being a good kid," Powers said.

The team won the freshman championship that year, beating Londonderry.

The crash is under investigation by the Derry police crash team, Thomas said.

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