Boy, 10, struck by car in Franklin County has died

April 23, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Dustin Farner
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SCOTLAND, Pa. — A 10-year-old boy hit by a car last week in Greene Township, Pa., has died.

Dustin Farner died at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman. She did not know the date of his death.

Dustin was a fifth-grader at Scotland Elementary School in the Chambersburg (Pa.) Area School District.

Pennsylvania State Police said previously the boy started to cross the street April 17 when he was hit by a 2003 Honda Accord at 2048 Black Gap Road. A helicopter flew him from Chambersburg Hospital to Hershey Medical Center for treatment.

The collision occurred near Mount Pleasant Church, south of Chambersburg Mall.

The school district sent a letter to parents with suggestions on how they can help in the grieving process. It also addressed Dustin’s death with statements read to the older children in the school.

All fifth-grade parents and Scotland Elementary School staff were called by administrators Sunday to make them aware of his death, in particular so parents could talk through the issues with their children at home, according to Assistant Superintendent Catherine Dusman.

Several counselors were made available to students Monday. The fifth-graders were taken to the gymnasium, where they formed a circle and talked about Dustin.

Dusman described “lots of tears and lots of hugs” during that time.

“Large sheets of paper and markers were set up for the students to share their thoughts and feelings. The art room was available for the students who were really struggling with the news,” she said.

A memorial service will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Norlo Park, Dusman said. A fundraiser for the family is scheduled for May 9 at Red Robin restaurant off Walker Road, she said.

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