Accident victim remembered as 'happy-go-lucky'

May 02, 2006|By MARLO BARNHART


Stephanie Faulders will always remember Dustin Scott Fisher's ability to make her laugh.

"His smile would last until the next time you saw him," Faulders said as she realized that she won't be seeing him again.

Faulders, Fisher's other friends and his family are struggling to deal with the 18-year old's death in a Friday night car accident.

Fisher was the only child of Marci Fisher of Hagerstown. He previously lived with his father, Steve Fisher, and stepmother, Michelle DeSimone, in Williamsport but had moved in his with mother in January, family members said.


Ashton Mitchell went to school with Dustin through eighth grade at Smithsburg Middle School. Dustin then went to Williamsport High School and she went to Smithsburg High School.

"We stayed friends, dated for a while and then were friends again," she said. "He was a great guy who never got mad at anything," Mitchell said.

Fisher was on his way to work at FedEx when his vehicle was hit by another car on U.S. 40 near Clear Spring, Mitchell said.

Maryland State Police said a car driven by William Daniel Bynaker, 16, of Clear Spring, was westbound on U.S 40 when it crossed into the eastbound lane, hitting a car driven by Mary Alice Crowe, 64, of Frederick, Md., and then hitting Fisher's car head-on.

Bynaker also died in the accident, police said. Crowe was not injured, police said.

Marci Fisher said her son was very close to her and her fiance, Cliff Jenkins.

"They'd do a lot of things together ? barbecuing and playing video games," she said.

Fisher was also close to his mother's parents, Dennis and Vicki Bard of Greencastle, Pa.

"Dustin was our first grandchild," Vicki Bard said. "He lived with us for part of one school year."

A very loving child, Fisher always had a hug for his "Bammy," as he called her, Vicki Bard said.

"We're going to miss Dustin so much," said Dennis Bard, who was called "Den" by his grandson.

When Fisher was little, he often would accompany his grandfather to the store and always they ended up in the Matchbox car department, Dennis Bard said.

"Usually, he would find two he liked and couldn't decide," Bard said.

Fisher would come home with both Matchbox cars, his grandfather said.

DeSimone said Fisher had such an infectious smile ? a characteristic everyone remembers about him.

"He was funny and happy-go-lucky," she said.

Steve Fisher was feeling the weight of regret when contacted Monday about his son.

"I was so proud of my son, and now I can't tell him that," he said.

Since Friday, Fisher said the family has had many calls from his son's friends.

"He was doing so good, and I didn't even know how good," Steve Fisher said.

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