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Police: Distracted Driver Hits, Kills Local College Student, Athlete

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Lebanon Valley College is mourning the death of a student, and track and field athlete killed by what police described as a "distracted driver."

Nicole Gallo, 19, was struck and killed while standing outside a suburban Philadelphia hospital on Friday.

The accident happened outside the Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Police said Rachel Jenkins, 20, dropped her iPod and was picking it up when she lost control of her car, crossed two lanes of traffic and hit Gallo and Gallo's best friend.

Gallo, from a Philadelphia suburb of Clifton Heights, died instantly. Her best friend is expected to survive.

Police are waiting for test results to decide whether to file charges against Jenkins.

Gallo would have been a sophomore at Lebanon Valley College. She ran sprints and hurdles for the school's track team. She medaled at the conference meet last season.

"She's one of those kids, even though this is such a tragic situation, you have to smile when you think about her. She was just so energetic, full of life, spunky, positive, hard worker," said LVC track and field coach Melissa Weidler.

Weidler and the track and field team plan to honor Gallo during the season. They also want to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

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