Clear Spring High student killed in accident

April 07, 2001

Clear Spring High student killed in accident

By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer

Patrick Perry Dayley Jr. was a young man who loved his family, hunting, fishing and rap and R&B music.

That's the picture painted of Dayley, 18, by people who knew him well.

He was killed when he lost control of his father's F-150 truck along Md. 57, also known as St. Paul Road, just north of the intersection with Barnhart Road about 10:48 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. The truck hit a pole, then overturned.

"He was an outgoing person and cared about other people," said his father, Patrick Dayley Sr. of 14125 Fairview Road. "He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandmother. He would always stop by to see her on the way to work.

"And he liked to spend time with his aunts and uncles."

The younger Dayley lived with his parents and was preparing to graduate this spring. He attended Clear Spring High School and Washington County Technical School.


"He was just a good kid," said his friend Lloyd Mackereth, 28, of Hagerstown, who worked with Dayley at the Eastern Boulevard Food Lion. Dayley had worked there part-time for less than a year.

The two became friends through their work, Mackereth said

"He loved music and fishing, and hunting," Mackereth said.

He said the two of them hung out together.

"He liked rap and R&B."

Mackereth said Dayley was excited about joining the Marine Corps after graduation. He thought Dayley planned to go in June.

The young man was an honor student, said his father, but had not completely settled on going into the Marines.

"He was going to wait a couple of months after graduation before deciding for sure that's what he wanted to do," his father said.

Mackereth and Patrick Dayley Sr. both said the young man was good at welding. That was his emphasis at the technical school, his father said.

"I remember he told me he really loved to weld," Mackereth said. "He got good grades in welding. Maybe he was going to do that" later in life.

He was also a good employee, said Steve Stotelmyer, assistant manager of the Food Lion.

"He was just a real good guy," Stotelmyer said. "He did it all, whatever we asked him."

His father echoed the sentiments.

"He was just a very good son, a great individual," his father said. "He had a lot of opportunities ahead of him."


The family of Patrick Perry Dayley Jr. will receive visitors at the Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Timothy L. Lester will officiate. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Cemetery.


Counselors will be available for students and faculty at Clear Springs High School and Washington County Technical School starting Monday, said Carol Mowen, public information officer for the Washington County Board of Education.

A statement will be read to students and staff at the start of school Monday so everyone knows the facts about what happened, she said.

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