Counselors were on hand at the high school Monday to talk to students distraught over the Friday night death of sophomore Emily L. Gentry, who was crushed by a vehicle that backed into her, said Karen Florentine, district director of curriculum and personnel.

"We have set up a drop-in center with guidance counselors and a crisis counselor available for students. If they need to they can stop by to talk," Florentine said Monday afternoon. "They will be there as long as we need them."

The atmosphere at the high school was gloomy in the wake of the freak accident that killedGentry, said Florentine.

"It certainly is a somber mood at the high school," Florentine said.

Gentry, 15, was killed late Friday night after being pinned beneath a car she and two friends were trying to push up a hill, according to state police at Embreeville.

The girl had been with friends at a party at 1551 Old Ridge Road, said state police investigating the death. The accident occurred when Gentry and three friends were leaving the party that state police said was going on in woods on the property.

The driver of the car that struck and killed Gentry was having trouble shifting the car, police said, so

Gentry and two other teens decided to push the car up a hill. The attempt failed, however, and police said the car rolled backwards onto Gentry, pinning her beneath.

Chester County Assistant District Attorney Chris Trowbridge said Monday afternoon he had confirmation with the Chester County Coroner's office the cause of the girl's death was asphyxiation by compression.

Police reported that when they arrived at the Old Ridge Road home to investigate, they found evidence alcohol was being used at the party attended by a group of 15- to 17-year-olds.

The parents of the student hosting the party were at home and were aware the party was going on, police said. However, police added it has not yet been determined who supplied the alcohol or if the A small amount of marijuana and another controlled substance were also found at the scene of the party, according to police.

According to Trowbridge the investigation has yet to determine whether anyone will be charged in connection with Gentry's death.

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