New Hyde Park Memorial sophomore dies in Florida accident

Rebecca Klar

New Hyde Park Memorial High School sophomore Leah Kuczinski died over the February break in an accident in Florida.

Kuckzinski turned 16 this month, according to Newsday, which reported that she was killed on Thursday in a go-kart accident at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter.

In a statement, Sewanhaka Superintendent Ralph Ferrie said the school is mourning the loss.

“On behalf of the entire Sewanhaka Central High School District community, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences to her family and friends as they mourn this inexplicable loss,” Ferrie said.

Ferrie also said grief counselors and psychologists are available at the school for all students and staff who are in need of support “during this difficult time.”

There will be a vigil at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the New Hyde Park Memorial football field for Kuczinski.

There is also a Go Fund Me page to raise money to help the family pay for funeral expenses.

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