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Greencastle woman, 19, dies of injuries following Sunday accident

Cali L. Schroyer died just five days shy of her 20th birthday

May 31, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Flowers and stuffed animals are set up at the site where a Greencastle, Pa. teenager was involved in a traffic accident on Pa. 16. Cali L. Schroyer died Monday from injuries sustained in the crash.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Greencastle-Antrim High School officials Tuesday shared fond memories of Cali L. Schroyer, who died Monday from injuries sustained in a Sunday car accident on Pa. 16.

She died just five days shy of her 20th birthday.

Schroyer of 492 S. Carlisle St. was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m. Monday by York County Deputy Coroner Stephen Cosey, Pennsylvania State Police said. The cause of death was listed as head trauma.

Troopers said the accident occurred on Sunday at about 12:05 p.m. on Pa. 16 (Buchanan Trail East) in Antrim Township, Pa., when the 1990 Dodge Daytona she was driving pulled into the path of a Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Ryan Wilhide, 20, of Smithsburg.

Schroyer was flown to York (Pa.) Hospital. Brittany Diamond Andree, 20, of Waynesboro, Pa., a passenger in Schroyer's car, was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. She was released from the hospital on Monday.

Wilhide had minor injuries, state police said.

Schroyer, a 2009 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School, made her mark on athletics, especially basketball.

G-AHS Athletic Director Vicki Ritchey remembered her as a fierce competitor on the court.

"We often joked about the look on her face. She was a center for us and played post so she was in there battling for the rebounds time after time. We often joked about not wanting to be on the receiving end of her fury when she was fighting for that ball," Richey said.

But when off the court, Schroyer had a smile that could melt your heart, Richey said.

"When you saw Cali in the hallway, or off the basketball court, she had nothing but a smile on her face," Richey said.

She said Schroyer played basketball from seventh through 12th grade.

G-AHS Principal Edward Rife had similar memories.

"I would see her in the hallway, and she would always have a big smile on her face," Rife said.

When it came to academics, Rife said Schroyer was a good student.

But, he said there was one class that she really enjoyed — child development.

"She always enjoyed working with the little ones. That's something that really stands out about Cali," Rife said.

"It's a shock — anytime you hear of someone so young. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends, at this time. Our hearts go out to them. It's a tragic loss," Rife said.

He said counselors were available at the high school today, and extra counselors were available, if needed.

"We had as good a day today as could be expected given the circumstances," Rife said.

Schroyer was the daughter of Jeff L. and Tonya M. (Junkins) Schroyer of Greencastle, according to her obituary.

She was employed at Bentley's Old Mill Bakery & BBQ in Greencastle.

Schroyer was a member of the State Line United Methodist Church where she participated in the youth group.

Her hobbies and interests included tattoos, crabbing, fishing, swimming, riding Harley's, watching movies, eating Mexican food and being with her nieces and nephews and family, according to her obituary.

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