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Fund benefits young bicyclist struck by car

September 01, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

SAINT JAMES -- A benefit fund has been established to help provide for the long-term care of an 8-year-old boy struck by a car Thursday on Jordan Road.

David Greeley was in critical but stable condition Tuesday at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., according to his grandmother, Karen Greeley.

Because of the severity of the injuries to the boy's left leg, the leg had to be amputated mid-shin, his father, Scott Greeley, said Tuesday.

David has a skull fracture, facial fractures that include a broken jaw, a broken left arm and an open fracture below his right knee, Scott Greeley said.

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Doctors haven't said how long the boy will be in the hospital, his father said.

"David is progressing very slowly, day by day. We ask that you please respect his privacy as we intend to keep everyone informed," Scott Greeley said, reading a statement from David's mother, Pahnee Greeley.

The boy is a third-grader at Fountain Rock Elementary School, not far from where the accident occurred. He was struck by a Pontiac Grand Am at about 7 p.m. Thursday in front of 9045 Jordan Road, according to police.

Meghann Marie Weaver, 21, of Fairplay, has been charged with negligent driving, driving at a speed greater than reasonable and reckless driving in connection with the incident, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Thompson said Monday night.

David loves riding his bicycle, and he had broken his arm after hitting a pot hole while riding earlier this summer, his grandmother said. He had been out of that cast for only a few weeks, she said.

The cast was removed shortly before his family went to the beach, one of the boy's favorite places to go, Karen Greeley said.

"He is an outdoors kid," she said.

David and his father also were taking karate lessons, Karen Greeley said. The boy won three trophies at the karate state championships, she said.

He also loves to read and loves to learn, she said.

"We was really glad to be going back to school and being with his friends at Fountain Rock," Karen Greeley said.

David's younger brother, 5-year-old Eli Greeley, is staying with his grandmother while David is in the hospital, she said.

Donations to help Greeley can be made at any M&T Bank location. Make checks payable to The David A. Greeley Benefit Fund. Questions should be directed to M&T Bank at 301-432-2273.

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