HAGERSTOWN — The death of a 5-year-old Hagerstown boy in a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning in Bedford Township, Pa., will cause some people to ask why, and “it’s one of those things you never get over,” according to the pastor of the church the family attended.
The Rev. Robert E. McIntyre of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Cleveland Avenue said the death of Julyen Wayne Winters shows how everything happens in God’s time and how people have to put their trust in Him.
“There’s a lot of questions without answers right now,” McIntyre said Monday afternoon.
Julyen, who was a student at Head Start of Washington County at the Martin Luther King Center on North Avenue, was riding in a 2001 Mazda MPV with his father, Rory Slade Jenkins, 52, and his mother, Amanda Jean Winters, 28, when the vehicle collided with a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu on Business Pa. 220, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Police said Cory Franklin Childers, 23, of Bedford, was driving north on the highway at about 4:50 a.m. when he crossed the center double-yellow line into the path of Jenkins’ Mazda.
Childers’ car struck the driver’s side of Jenkins’ vehicle and Julyen was thrown from the car, state police said.
Amanda Winters and Julyen’s brother Raiden, 2, suffered moderate injuries, state police said. It was not clear from a state police news release what injuries Rory Jenkins suffered.
McIntyre said he went to Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., where Amanda Winters was being treated. McIntyre said Winters told him she was expected to be discharged. Raiden also was being treated at Hershey, McIntyre said.
Childers suffered major injuries, according to state police, who said an investigation was continuing. A state police spokesman said Monday evening that he did not have any updated conditions on the patients.
McIntyre said he baptized Julyen, Raiden and their brother Brycen, who is about 11 years old, in 2010.
McIntyre said he often saw the children outside playing, and he described Julyen as a “typical vibrant kid.”
McIntyre said Winters told him that she and Jenkins had traveled to Pennsylvania to deliver a vehicle to someone. The family was on its way back home when the crash occurred, McIntyre said.
“She’s just as distraught as can be,” McIntyre said.
Debbie Lida of Hagerstown, a great-grandmother of Julyen’s, talked about seeing him around the holidays.
“He was a dear little boy,” Lida said.
Two teachers at the Head Start program that Julyen attended for about three years released a statement Monday.
Chrissy Heuer and Amy Gazzola described Julyen as a fun-loving, energetic boy who always had a smile on his face.
“He will truly be missed by everyone at Head Start,” the teachers said.