Pa. teen remembered as good student, loving son

February 24, 2006|by DON AINES

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - A Fannett-Metal High School student killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-car crash in Fannett Township was remembered as a good student and loving son by his mother.

Cory J. Jones, 16, of 17051 Old Stumpy Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:37 p.m. accident on Back Road, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Thursday. An autopsy will be performed today at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., Conner said.

Pennsylvania State Police said Jones was a passenger in a 1999 Hyundai driven by a 16-year-old boy. The car was being driven south when the driver lost control, police said.


The car ran off the road, striking a telephone pole and a tree and rolling onto the passenger side, police said. Jones, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown partially out of the car in the crash, police said.

The driver, whom police did not identify, was also not wearing a seat belt and had minor injuries from the crash, police said. He was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released, police said.

Jones was the son of Ronald and Ginger Jones, according to his obituary. He is survived by an older sister, Janelle, his mother said.

"He was just an all-around good kid. He was never in trouble and did well in school. Everybody loved him," Ginger Jones said Thursday evening. Her son was in 10th grade at the high school and used to play basketball and soccer, she said.

Ginger Jones described her son as quiet, "but I used to tell him he was my little comedian" because he loved to play jokes on her and his sister.

"He also enjoyed riding his four-wheeler around our house and he did a lot of hunting" and fishing, said Laura Jones, who is married to a cousin of Cory Jones.

Fannett-Metal is a small school district with about 30 to 40 students in each grade "so you basically know everyone," Laura Jones said.

"Some of the students have been here today and they said they had grief counselors" at the school, Ginger Jones said. Counselors were also going to be at the school Thursday evening to meet with students, she said.

"They've done an exceptional job of helping them deal with this," Ginger Jones said of the school district administration.

Police said the accident is under investigation. Fire and ambulance personnel from the Fannett-Metal Fire Co. assisted at the scene of the accident, police said.

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