AN 18-YEAR-OLD student driving to school in Bensalem yesterday struck and killed a 16-year-old girl crossing the street to catch her school bus, police said.

Police say the motorist - whom they did not identify or charge - drove his 1984 Ford Bronco II past the flashing red lights and stop arm of the bus and hit Minete Zeka, who was in the crosswalk.

The 6:40 a.m. accident happened at Bensalem Boulevard at Bridgewater Road, an intersection with no crossing guard.

Zeka, a sophomore at Bensalem High School, died shortly afterward at Aria Health's Torresdale hospital.

The driver, a student at Bristol Township's Bucks County Technical High School, stopped and was cooperating with investigators.

The school district is offering grief counseling to students.

"On behalf of Bensalem High School, we offer our sincere condolences to the family," said the high school's interim principal, William Ferrara.

Police asked that anyone who may have seen the accident call them at 215-633-3719.