West Chester U. Student Killed - FOX 35 News Orlando

West Chester U. Student Killed

Posted: Updated:
West Goshen, PA -


Police in West Goshen Township, Chester County, are investigating an accident that killed a West Chester University student.  It happened Monday evening as the student was crossing a street to get to his part-time job.  Police identified the student as Joey Pietroforte of Nazareth, Northampton County.

Pietroforte turned 21 years old just last Saturday.  "He said it was the best time of his life, he had so much fun," Kelly dePedro told Fox 29.  DePedro and Pietroforte's other friends helped him celebrate the big milestone.  But just three short days after his birthday, they're mourning his death.  "Joey was the person in life, no matter what, he always made you happy," Jake Werb explained.  "He always had a smile on his face.  When you were down he would bring you up."

Pietroforte had parked in a lot on South Bolmar Street in West Goshen Monday evening, across the road from where he worked loading cargo at A. Duie Pyle, a trucking company.  As he crossed Bolmar in a marked crosswalk, police say an 80-year-old driver struck him.  "As a father of four, it's just a parent's worst nightmare," Pete Latta, the chairman of A. Duie Pyle told Fox 29.

Police have identified the driver as William Eckel of Glen Mills.  Eckel has not been charged, but investigators provided few other details.  Those who knew Pietroforte describe a hard worker who balanced his studies at West Chester University, with his part-time job.  "He was very highly respected and well thought of, just had a great future ahead of him," Latta agreed.  Jake Werb, who called himself one of Pietroforte's best friends, said the third-year student "tried to work as many hours as he could so he could pay for everything.  Was the hardest-working person I ever knew."

"He was the happiest kid that you could ever know," added Kelly dePedro.  "He never was in a bad mood, he brought everyone's spirits up, and gave great advice. Just a loving kid."

Pietroforte leaves behind his parents, a brother and a sister.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Case Worker Dead, Two Wounded In Mercy Wellness Center Shooting

    Case Worker Dead, Two Wounded In Mercy Wellness Center Shooting

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:32:57 GMT
    A female case worker is dead and two were wounded in a shooting at the Wellness Center on the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus on Thursday in Darby, Pa.


    A female case worker is dead and two were wounded in a shooting at the Wellness Center on the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus on Thursday in Darby, Pa.

  • Police Search For Missing Brooklawn Teen

    Police Search For Missing Brooklawn Teen

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:20:08 GMT
    Authorities in Camden County are seeking the public’s help in locating a 17-year-old girl from Brooklawn, New Jersey.
    Authorities in Camden County are seeking the public’s help in locating a 17-year-old girl from Brooklawn, New Jersey.

  • Blind Horse Gets New Hope And Restored Vision In One Eye

    Blind Horse Gets New Hope And Restored Vision In One Eye

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:41:34 GMT
    A blind draft horse will live to see retirement, thanks to surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania’s new Bolton center in Kennett square.
    A blind draft horse will live to see retirement, thanks to surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania’s new Bolton center in Kennett square.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices