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Pa. teenager killed in accident

April 23, 2001

Pa. teenager killed in accident



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

A teenager who died in a head-on collision Monday morning while on his way to pick up his girlfriend before school will be remembered by his friends and family for his warm personality and skill in raising livestock, his father said Monday night.

At the time of the accident, Aaron J. Hartman, 17, was on his way to pick up his girlfriend before heading to Chambersburg Area High School where he was a junior in the VO-AG program, according to his father, Ronnie L. Hartman.

Aaron Hartman, of 1739 Rock Road in Chambersburg, Pa., was southbound on Pa. 316 near New Franklin Road in Guilford Township, when his 1991 GMC Sonoma crossed the center line, police said.

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His pickup truck struck a 1998 Ford Explorer driven by Penny R. Morrison, 40, of 3889 Church Road, police said.

Hartman, who was not wearing a seat belt, died on impact, police said.

Morrison was taken to Chambersburg Hospital where she was listed in fair condition Monday night.

A group of Hartman's friends gathered at the family's home Monday night to talk about their friend and share their grief.

"There are kids in the driveway I don't even recognize," said Ronnie Hartman.

In addition to his father, Aaron is survived by his mother, Deborah B. Baughman Hartman, and a sister, Melinda Hartman.

Hartman described his son as "a quiet fella," who could be outgoing at times.

Ronnie Hartman said he and his son were close and spent time together working with livestock on their farm.

Aaron had been interested in animal husbandry since he was in grade school, his father said.

When he was 8 years old, Aaron joined the Baby Beef Club in which members raise and breed short-horn beef cows.

In 1999 he served as the club's treasurer and was a good example to the younger members, said Baby Beef Club President Duane L. Hawbaker.

Aaron was well-liked for his easygoing personality, he said.

"He was not a boy of many words but he was always smiling," Hawbaker said.

A natural at handling animals, Aaron took home some honors when showing his livestock at area fairs, his father said.

He was also a member of the Future Farmers of America, Franklin County Fair Committee and the Franklin County 4-H Club.

Ronnie Hartman said his son took pride in being the top seller for the FFA's citrus fruit fund-raiser.

A born salesman, Aaron sold $2,000 worth of produce this year and $1,500 last year, he said.

He had one year left of high school, and Aaron's plans for the future were not mapped out, said Ronnie Hartman.

"He wasn't sure what he wanted to be yet," he said.

Staff writer Stacey Danzuso contributed to this story.

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