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Accident at family shop kills Pa. boy

June 08, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, PA. - A 6-year-old boy died Monday of injuries he received when a heavy machinery tire fell off a forklift and struck him, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Lowell Strite of 9280 Heisey Road, Montgomery Township, died of blunt force trauma to the chest, Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Ted Reed said. There will be no autopsy, he said.

Reed said the accident was called in to 911 at 1:59 p.m. and occurred at the family-owned business, Ag Equipment Specialties, of the same address.

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Strite was flown by Life Lion helicopter to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:24 p.m., according to Reed.

Trooper Mark Grove said the inflated tire, which weighed an estimated 500 pounds, fell off a forklift. When the tire hit the ground, it apparently flipped up and struck Strite in the chest, possibly pushing him against another tire. Grove and Reed said Strite was not pinned beneath the tire.

Reed said the boy's death is an apparent accident, but the state police and Coroner's Office investigation was ongoing.

"He was very energetic. He liked to be where the activity was and help with the work as much as he could," the boy's mother, Rosalie Strite, said Tuesday. "We loved him very much."

She said her son, who has three brothers and three sisters, would have started school in the fall.

Rosalie Strite said there will be a viewing Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Miller's Mennonite Church near Leitersburg, Md. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the church with a viewing one hour before the service, she said.

Arrangements are by Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Greencastle, Pa.

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