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Driver charged in N.C. crash that killed Pa. boy

June 16, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

The driver of a truck involved in a Tuesday accident that killed a 3-year-old Shippensburg, Pa., boy and injured his parents has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Drew Taylor, the son of Randy and Marcie Taylor, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., following the accident Tuesday morning on N.C. 12 near Ocean Sands, N.C., Trooper Derrick Banks said Thursday.

Marcie Taylor, 36, was taken to Norfolk General Hospital following the crash and was in fair condition Thursday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesman. Randy Taylor, 36, was treated at the hospital's emergency room and released Tuesday, the spokesman said.

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Banks said police charged Gregory Lane Jones of Powells Point, N.C., in the crash, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. Jones was driving a Griggs Lumber Co. truck hauling a load of pilings north when it went into the southbound lanes and struck the Taylors' minivan and then a cable company truck.

Also in the minivan were Lauren Taylor, 7, and her grandmother, Shirley Ditzler of Conestoga, Pa., Banks said. Both had minor injuries, Banks said.

The woman driving the cable truck was not seriously injured and Jones was unhurt, Banks said.

Marcie Taylor is a Spanish teacher and chairwoman of the Foreign Languages Department at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. Taylor has taught in the district for 13 years, Associate Principal Christine Henn said.

Randy Taylor has been a social studies teacher at Greencastle-Antrim High School for five years, Principal Jack Appleby said. He also is the basketball coach for the Scotland School for Veterans Children in Scotland, Pa.

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