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Police say Pa. teen died of carbon monoxide poisoning

February 03, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Pennsylvania State Police say an Antrim Township teenager found dead in a car at a truck stop Sunday died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Aaron C. Christman, 17, of 8586 Talhelm Road, was found at about 4:30 p.m. in a vehicle at the Travel Centers of America at 10835 John Wayne Drive, according to police.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Christman's body was found by employees of the truck stop.

Conner ruled the death was accidental and said no autopsy would be performed.

"Apparently he fell asleep in his car" while waiting for a friend, said his mother, Sheryl Christman. The car was backed up too close to a snow bank and there was a hole in the tailpipe, causing the carbon monoxide to back up into the car, she said.

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Sheryl Christman said her son had been a member of the 4-H Dairy Club, played baseball in the Colt League and enjoyed dirt biking, four-wheeling, going to the movies and being with his friends.

Aaron Christman had been working for First Class Construction in Greencastle for the past couple of months, she said.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Kirk, an older brother and a younger sister, she said.

"He'll be missed," his mother said.

According to his obituary, Christman also was a junior member of the Rescue Hose Co. 1 in Greencastle. Christman joined in the spring of 2003, according to Deputy Chief Mike Luger.

"Any time you lose a member of the fire service, it always touches us as a family, especially someone so young who has so much ahead of him," Luger said.

Christman had been a senior at Greencastle-Antrim High School, but Principal Jack Appleby said Monday he had stopped attending school early in the first semester last fall.

Although he no longer attended school, Christman still had "a circle of friends and we attended to them through our grief and loss group," Appleby said.

"We had some kids who were very upset," he said.

School counselors and teachers trained to be members of student assistance teams worked with students Monday, according to Appleby. Specialists from the Cumberland Valley Mental Health Center in Chambersburg, Pa., also are available for such circumstances, but Appleby said they were not called in Monday.

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