05/29/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Denise Cotteta Dead: 17-Year-Old Student Struck Outside Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School

A 17-year-old student has died after being hit by a car last night near Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Germantown Pike, Pennsylvania.

Authorities speculate that Denise Cotteta may have been celebrating the school's boys basketball title with friends, according to ABC-6 in Philadelphia.

Whitemarsh Township Police say that the incident took place around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The car involved in the accident initially fled the scene, but police later located it, per The Times Herald.

KYW reports that an investigation is underway to see if alcohol may have been involved.

Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School was off today for spring break.

ABC-6 in Philadelphia reported the news as follows: