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Penn State international student killed in Saturday morning Atherton Street crash

A Penn State student died in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on South Atherton Street.
A Penn State student died in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on South Atherton Street. Photo provided

An early-morning vehicle crash on South Atherton Street in State College on Saturday resulted in the death of a 21-year-old Penn State student.

Kaijing Tang, 21, of China, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers. Tang died of blunt trauma to the head, Sayers said.

“We share our deepest condolences with the family and friends of Kaijing Tang and with all whose lives he touched,” university spokesperson Lisa Powers said in a statement. “Penn State Student Affairs is reaching out to his family and will offer any necessary support.”

Tang was an undergraduate student studying computer science, according to Penn State’s directory.

According to State College police, Tang was driving his Chevrolet Corvette northbound on South Atherton Street when he lost control and struck a tree at 4:22 a.m. near the intersection with West Fairmount Avenue. According to Alpha Fire company, the vehicle was split in two pieces upon impact.

The preliminary investigation suggests speed was a factor in the crash, police said.

South Atherton Street was shut down in both directions for approximately four hours from Hamilton to West Beaver avenues as police reconstructed and the scene and Alpha Fire crews removed the driver from the vehicle and cleaned up the scene.

The police department is continuing the investigation into the crash and encourages anyone with information to contact 234-7150, police@statecollegepa.us or anonymously through the police website.

Centre LifeLink EMS also responded to the scene.

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