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Teen injured in crash dies

November 10, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A 14-year-old Chambersburg boy who was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident, died Thursday at York (Pa.) Hospital, according to a spokesperson there.

Tristan Martin died from major injuries he received when the pickup truck he was driving went off the side of a driveway, overturned and he was thrown from it, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police.

Tristan was the son of Arlin and Keturah Martin of 3321 Bony Lane in St. Thomas Township, about nine miles west of Chambersburg.

Edward Brechbill, a neighbor and friend of the family, said Tristan worked at the farm of Amos Bricker at 8778 Edenville Cheesetown Road and frequently drove himself there. The Martin family lived less than a mile from the farm, which they rented from Bricker and worked.

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"I've known the boy ever since he was in diapers," said Brechbill, who witnessed the accident. "He was a very nice young man."

Brechbill said he saw the 1995 Ford Ranger that Tristan was driving go airborne and flip three times.

"I called 911 instantly as we rushed up to the accident," Brechbill said. "All we could do was hold him and comfort him until help came."

Brechbill said Tristan attended Spring Valley Mennonite School in Chambersburg, which is a part of the Spring Valley Mennonite Fellowship.

Tristan enjoyed farming and hunting, Brechbill said.

"He enjoyed hunting groundhogs and other small animals, and hunting deer," Brechbill said. "He was a real farmer boy, driving the tractor and feeding cows."

"He was a likeable boy with a dry sense of humor," Brechbill said.

The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 8800 block of Edenville Cheesetown Road, according to the news release.

The Spring Valley Mennonite School and Tristan's parents could not be reached for comments.

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