A 14-year-old Amish boy died three days after suffering serious injuries when he was thrown from the horse-and-buggy he was riding in along U.S. 11 in Shippensburg on March 3.
Pennsylvania State Police spokeswoman Trooper Megan Ammerman confirmed Tuesday that the boy, who had been flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center after the accident, sadly succumbed to his injuries on March 6.
A 6-year-old boy who was also flown from the scene with serious injuries is currently recovering, Ammerman said.
According to police, at 8:46 a.m. March 3, Tabitha L. Evelhoch, 20, of Newville, was driving a northbound 2012 Ford Focus behind a horse-and-buggy, being operated by Marcus K. Lantz, 45, of Newburg. Evelhoch hit the rear of the buggy, and the impact sent Lantz and the two boys airborne from the buggy and onto U.S. 11, between Newville and Cramer roads.
The two boys suffered suspected serious injuries, and were flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center via Life Lion and WellSpan air medical helicopters.
Lantz suffered minor to moderate injuries, and was taken to Holy Spirit Geisinger Hospital for treatment via Shippensburg Area EMS. The horse was not injured in the accident.
Evelhoch was also not injured in the accident. Police said the investigation is ongoing, and no information regarding charges against her had been released by press time Tuesday. Ammerman said last week it could take a few weeks for the official report to be released if charges are filed against Evelhoch, and said Tuesday she had no further information on potential charges.
A portion of U.S. 11/Ritner Highway was closed until 1:30 p.m. for emergency personnel to investigate and clear the scene.