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Teen rememberd as 'wonderful kid'

May 01, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

CLEAR SPRING

A 16-year-old Clear Spring boy who died in a car accident Friday night dreamed of joining the Marine Corps, according to his pastor.

"He loved his country, and he wanted to serve our government," the Rev. Robert Stone said Sunday.

William "Danny" Bynaker, 16, a junior at Clear Spring High School, died from injuries sustained in an accident on U.S. 40 west of Ashton Road.

He was well-liked and generous with hugs, two members of Blairs Valley First Church of God said Sunday.

"He was just a young man that would go up to you, and he'd give a big hug. Just a nice kid, full of life. Wonderful kid," Beverly Hawbaker said.

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Danny was driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla that was westbound near Ashton Road when it crossed into the eastbound lane, hitting two vehicles, according to police. The driver of the first vehicle, Alice Crowe, 64, of Frederick, Md., did not require ambulance transport, according to emergency officials.

The driver of the second vehicle, Dustin Scott Fisher, an 18-year-old Hagerstown man, died.

Stone said Danny was a leader in the church youth group. Last week, he had the lead role in a play called, "A Message from a Graveyard," which addressed the church's belief in a life after death.

Danny enjoyed spending time with his family, and he was very close to his mother, Stone said. According to his obituary, he is survived by his mother, Laura L. Manzanares Parks, and stepfather, Michael S. Parks, of Clear Spring; father William Leon Bynaker, of Laurel, Md.; two sisters; and a brother.

A hard worker who held jobs at Whitetail Resort and McDonald's, Danny also was a jokester, Stone said.

"He teased people, and he'd even tease me ... and I'm the preacher," Stone said.

Church council president Gary Hawbaker, Beverly's husband, said the church was in shock about the news that Danny had died.

"The boy was really, really well-liked. It's devastating for something like that to happen," he said.

Stone said Danny was a church member for about a year. This year, Danny helped coordinate a 30-hour famine, during which youth group members gave up food as part of a project to help needy children in other parts of the world, Stone said.

Stone said Danny was faithful and hoped to help those who could not help themselves.

"I'll tell you, I really think he was a prince. I loved him," Stone said. "I think what hurts the most is his life was cut short."

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