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Youth killed in ATV accident

October 25, 2000

Youth killed in ATV accident



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A memorial service will be held Saturday for Dustie Lynn Thomas, 14, a Greencastle-Antrim High School cheerleader who was killed Sunday along with her 13-year-old cousin in an all-terrain vehicle accident in southwest Pennsylvania.

News that Thomas had died was received with sadness by her Greencastle classmates, P. Duff Rearick, superintendent of the Greencaste-Antrim School District, said Tuesday.

Counselors were on hand Monday to help the students deal with their grief, Rearick said.

Thomas was visiting family in Markleysburg, Pa., a small town near in southwest Pennsylvania 10 miles north Maryland-West Virginia border. She and her cousin, Amanda Dawn Wilson, were riding an ATV on Dark Hollow Road around 3:20 p.m. when the accident occurred, state police in Uniontown, Pa., said.

According to police, Thomas was driving and Wilson was the passenger. Thomas lost control of the 4-wheel-drive open Polaris Trail Boss quad-ATV on the gravel road, police said.

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The vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a dirt embankment and went airborne for 18 feet, police said. Both girls were thrown from the vehicle. Both were wearing helmets but they came off, police said.

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. Wilson was pronounced dead at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., where she had been flown by helicopter.

Police said inexperience and driving at an unsafe speed were contributing factors.

Rearick said Thomas was a popular "good all-around student."

Rachel Mack, 15, a classmate of Thomas' since both were in kindergarten, described her as "very cheerful and outgoing. She loved to make new friends. We grew up together. She was my friend," Rachel said.

She said Thomas' dream all through school was to become a high school cheerleader. She had been a cheerleader in middle school and was thrilled when she made the squad in high school.

The Rev. James Mack, Rachel's father and Dustie Thomas' pastor at Pleasant Hill United Brethren Church, said a local memorial will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the church on Coseytown Road.

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