Accident takes life of child

August 26, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

A third Tri-State area child was killed Saturday in an accident involving farm equipment.

Saturday at 5:15 p.m., River Cody, 8, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was at a private function at 9802 Fountain School Road in Union Bridge. Cody and others were riding in a series of metal carts being pulled behind a tractor, said Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

Cody was in the lead cart with several other children when he apparently lost his balance and fell off.

He landed on the ground and was run over by at least three sets of the cart's wheels, deputies said.

The tractor stopped at once and the adults at the event administered first aid, deputies said. The child was taken to Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"River would have been in the third grade at Shepherdstown Elementary School," said his mother, Rachael Cody.

She described her only child as a very adventurous little boy.


"He had such a spark and enthusiasm for life," his mother said when contacted at her home Sunday afternoon.

Just after 8 a.m. Saturday, Daniel K. Esh, 1, was struck by a front-end loader and killed as his father was moving stone at their Newburg, Pa., home, Pennsylvania State Police said.

At 10:45 a.m. that day, Corinda Loreen Martin, 19 months, was struck by a tractor on a farm north of Hagerstown, said Deputy David Sanders of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The accident occurred at 19534 Reidtown Road.

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