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Girl dies from injuries she received in Pa. car wreck

September 15, 2005|by DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An infant girl has died from injuries received in a two-vehicle accident Sunday in Antrim Township, police said Wednesday.

Pennsylvania State Police did not release the child's name.

The child was one of several injured when the 1996 Chrysler minivan they were in collided head-on with a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Michael R. Sites, address unavailable, of Greencastle, police said. The pickup truck crossed the center line into the path of the minivan, which was driven by Darla Johns, address unavailable, of Greencastle, police said.

Police said Sites had minor injuries and Johns had moderate injuries. Both were taken to separate hospitals, police said.

The injured children were taken to various hospitals for treatment, police said. An officer with the Rescue Hose Co. in Greencastle said Sunday one passenger was taken to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

Johns was initially taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown and a hospital spokeswoman said Monday she had been discharged. A Hershey Medical Center spokeswoman said Wednesday that Johns was there and in fair condition.

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Police did not indicate where or when the child died. The Dauphin County Coroner's Office confirmed Wednesday that a 4-month-old girl had died of traumatic brain injuries Tuesday morning at Hershey Medical Center.

The coroner's office gave the name of the girl and said the manner of death was accidental, but would not release the girl's address or information as to whether she was injured in a vehicle accident.

State police spokesman Jack Lewis said Wednesday that it is the policy of the state police not to release the names of juvenile accident victims.

The investigating trooper was not on duty Wednesday afternoon.

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