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Fifth Grader Critically Injured In Pedestrian Crash Near Chambersburg

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The Chambersburg Public Opinion is reporting that a young boy was flown to the hospital with critical injuries after he was hit by a car Tuesday April 17, 2012 on Black Gap Road in Greene Township. A representative of Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, confirmed for the paper that Dustin Farner had been a patient there. The child’s family had requested that no further information about his condition be provided to members of the media by the hospital, she said.

In a statement issued about 9:30 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg, said Elaine Sneeringer, 78, no address provided, was driving a 2003 Honda Accord north near 2048 Black Gap Road when the boy began crossing the street and was hit.

Crews were called at 3:55 p.m. to the reported pedestrian crash , according to Franklin County Dispatch. A directory listing indicates that the address they were sent to is the home of a person with the last name Farner, and a business called Farner’s Racing Collectibles.

Sneeringer told police that “she did not see the pedestrian until he ran into the side of her vehicle,” according to the statement. He hit the car in the 2 o’clock position, causing minor damage. Police said no charges are pending against Sneeringer at this time.

A helicopter was seen landing in the nearby parking lot of Mt. Pleasant Church, 2509 Black Gap Road, then taking off a few minutes later. Farner was taken to Chambersburg Hospital by ambulance, then flown to Hershey, “where he was admitted with critical injuries,” police said.

Assistant Superintendent Cathy Dusman of Chambersburg Area School District confirmed that Farner is a fifth-grade student at Scotland Elementary School.

Dusman said school officials were notified that Farner was flown to Hershey with serious head injuries, but more was not yet known.

“We were informed the family was on their way to the hospital, so we are getting extra staff, extra counselors, ready to be at Scotland tomorrow morning to help with the students and staff,” she said. “Dustin and his family are certainly in our thoughts.”

If you have any information on the accident please contact the police immediately. For more about the accident go to the Public Opinion website at the following link:

http://www.publicopiniononline.com/ci_20418032/fifth-grader-critically-injured-pedestrian-crash