By Alicia Roberts

CHELTENHAM TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Early Sunday morning, a car full of five young people slammed into a utility pole in Cheltenham Township after leaving a birthday party. One of the four victims died due to their injuries.

Eyewitness News spoke with Jennifer Culler, the mother of one of the victims in the crash.

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On Saturday night, Culler celebrated her daughter Emma’s 19th birthday. She got together with Emma and her friends. 

“We had a great time bowling, we sang happy birthday, took pictures had videos,” Culler said. 

Around 11 p.m., Culler said goodnight to Emma, who was heading to a friend’s house to sleep over. But things changed quickly for Culler. 

“Then I find out my daughter is in the hospital,” she said.

On Sunday morning, a neighbor knocked on Culler’s door with the news. Emma and four of her friends had been in a single-vehicle crash on Greenwood and Hedgerow Avenues in Cheltenham Township around 1:30 a.m. Emma was in the backseat and her seatbelt likely saved her life. 

“She has broken ribs, punctured lung, lacerated liver, her kidney is bruised,” Culler said.

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Emma’s friend, Nikki, was also in the back seat. 

“Emma was sitting right next to her she just kept saying that Nikki went through the windshield and she was bleeding,” Culler said.

A man who was also sitting in the back did not survive. The driver and front passenger are both hospitalized. It’s not clear the extent of their injuries. 

“It’s horrible,” Culler said.

On Sunday night, Culler is warning all parents to make sure they know who their children are with, especially if someone will be driving.

“Just pay attention to your kids,” she said.

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The crash is currently being investigated by the Cheltenham Township Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Alicia Roberts