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Pa. girl, 9, struck Sunday by SUV dies

July 07, 2007|By DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, PA.-A 9-year-old Waynesboro girl who was injured Sunday when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle near Chambersburg, Pa., died from her injuries Wednesday, according to the Dauphin County Coroner's Office and Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

The Dauphin County Coroner's Office said Friday that Catherine Shaye Knight, address unavailable, was pronounced dead Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. The cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries resulting from being struck in a pedestrian accident, and the manner was accidental, according to the coroner's office.

Pennsylvania State Police reported that a Waynesboro girl had been struck by a sport utility vehicle while crossing Leafmore Road in Hamilton Township near Chambersburg on Sunday at 6:21 p.m. The girl, who was not identified in the report, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital, then flown by helicopter to Hershey Medical Center, police said.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that Knight had died there.

A relative of Knight confirmed Thursday that she was the girl injured in Sunday's accident, but declined further comment.

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Police said the girl had crossed Leafmore Road, where a Blue Bunny ice cream truck was parked. After making a purchase, she was crossing the road again when she was struck by a 1995 GMC Jimmy driven by Dorothy J. Mellott, 47, of Harrisonville, Pa., police said.

The ice cream truck was driven away before troopers arrived at the scene, police said.

The investigating trooper was not at the Chambersburg barracks Thursday or Friday, police said.

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