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posted 01.13.2014 at 5.08 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Neumann Freshman DeSimone Killed in Freak Accident

Dante DeSimone, a freshman lacrosse player at Neumann University near Philadelphia, was killed Sunday night in a freak accident in Clifton Heights, Pa., according to local media reports. He was 18.

DeSimone was standing with two friends in front of a McDonald's on Baltimore Pike when a pickup truck and sedan collided in front of them. The impact sent one of the vehicles onto the sidewalk, striking DeSimone and Tim Robison, the latter of whom is listed in critical but stable condition at an area hospital. The third friend wasn't hurt, according to

DeSimone was a 2013 graduate of Upper Darby (Pa.) High School, where he was co-captain of the lacrosse team his senior year and also played ice hockey. He was scheduled to return to the Neumann campus on Wednesday to begin the spring semester.

"He had a brilliant career on the field and the ice and received a scholarship to attend Neumann University to continue athletic participation at the collegiate level," Upper Darby athletic director Holly Farnese told the Delaware County Times. "Dante was a leader not only in athletics but in the academic endeavors he pursued. His talent and skill, driven by his personal dedication to excellence; his outstanding sportsmanship and his desire to win could not help but be recognized by his fellow players, classmates, teachers, coaches and the community."

Neumann University, a NCAA Division III school in Aston, Pa., and Upper Darby school district both said they are providing grief counseling. A vigil will be held Monday night near the crash scene.