Journal Register News Service
ROYERSFORD -- More than 100 students and other community members gathered at Spring-Ford High School Monday evening for a candlelight vigil to mourn fallen classmate Matthew Wesolowski, who was killed in a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon.
According to an Associated Press report, Wesolowski was one of the first babies to be carried in the womb by his grandmother.
Dr. Ida Campagna said Meslowski's grandmother gave birth to him in 1992 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Campagna, the obstetrician that delivered Meslowski, a 17-year-old junior at Spring-Ford High School, told The Buffalo News on Monday that Meslowski made international headlines when he was born because his grandmother, Geraldine, was the oldest woman to be a surrogate at the time. She was 53 when Meslowski was born.
Students braved Monday's snowfall to remember Wesolowski and share stories about his life.
Wesolowski, a junior at Spring-Ford High School, and Jodie Morales, 32, of Souderton, were killed, while two others -- including another Spring-Ford student -- were seriously injured in Sunday's accident along Game Farm Road in Lower Frederick.
Wesolowski, 17, of Limerick, and Morales were pronounced dead at the scene from injuries suffered in the crash, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Skippack.
Spring-Ford sophomore Nate Trimble, 17, of Limerick, who was a passenger in Wesolowski's vehicle, and the driver of the other vehicle, Angel Morales, 34, of Souderton, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of serious injuries.
According to police, the accident occurred along the 100 block of Game Farm Road, just east of Mine Run Road around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said a black 2008 Hyundai Tiburon, driven by Wesolowski, was traveling east on Game Farm Road. At the same time, a gray 2004 BMW, driven by Angel Morales, was traveling west.
Police said Wesolowski lost control of his vehicle and traveled into the westbound lane, causing a head-on collision with the BMW. Upon impact, the Tiburon was pushed up against a snow embankment.
Emergency personnel and rescue workers arrived on the scene and had to free all four individuals from the vehicles.
A witness on the scene said the road conditions looked dry, but there was nowhere to pull over due to snowbanks on both sides of the road.
According to state police, this accident is still under investigation.
Wesolowski was featured in an October 2007 story in The Mercury when he was presented with a "mission flag" by two Air Force veterans of the Iraq War at Limerick Community Park.
Bud Evans and Ken Urbach, members of the U.S. Air Force's 438th Air Expeditionary Group, presented Wesolowski -- who suffered from Chron's Disease and was then just 14 -- with a flag that was flown onboard an A-10 Thunderbolt jet above the Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq. It's called a mission flag because it was carried on the plane during a recovery mission, which provides "air to ground support" for forces by scouting and patrolling for trouble, Urbach said at the time.
"You are the embodiment of unrelenting resolve and heart," Evans said before giving Matthew a certificate and the U.S. flag back in October 2007. A surprised Matthew said to the men, "Thank you, everybody."
The men had promised to dedicate the next mission to Matthew after learning of his illness. While stationed in Iraq, the servicemen discovered they both personally knew the boy, a student then at Spring-Ford Area Senior High School's 9th Grade Center. Evans previously coached Matthew in a youth ice hockey league. Urbach lives next door to Matthew's father, Mark.