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10-27-03: Waynesfield girl killed


A 12-year-old Waynesfield girl was killed by an out-of-control pickup truck Friday afternoon as she exited a school bus in front of her home.
Emily Noel VanHorn, daughter of Alan and Jeannie (Morris) VanHorn, died Friday evening following emergency surgery at Lima Memorial Hospital. She was a seventh-grader at Waynesfield-Goshen Middle School in Auglaize County.
Her sister, Hannah VanHorn, 10, also was struck by the truck and was taken to the Lima hospital by her grandparents. She reportedly suffered a broken ankle and other minor injuries and is recovering at home.
Twin sisters, first-graders Abbie Amanda and Taylor Elizabeth VanHorn, were about to step off the bus behind their siblings when the accident occurred. They were not injured, according to the report from the Wapakoneta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The report said Joshua K. Funk, 17, of Waynesfield, and also a student at the school, was southbound on Ohio 196 in the eastern portion of the county when his brakes failed as he attempted to stop for the bus and two cars stopped behind it.
To avoid striking the cars, Funk veered off the right side of the roadway and into the yard where the truck struck the girls.
An honor roll student, Emily VanHorn played the saxophone in the school’s marching band, was a choir member and played both basketball and softball. She was a member of the 4-H club Farmerettes and showed dairy heifers each year at the Auglaize County Fair.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Waynesfield Lions Club; calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the club and one hour prior to services. Arrangements are being handled by Armentrout Funeral Home, Waynesfield.
Her death marks the third traffic fatality in Auglaize County this year.
The school’s secondary principal T.J. Winkler told The Daily Standard grief counselors and other bereavement professionals were available throughout the school today to help students mourn the loss of the young girl. A grief session titled “Helping Your Child Through Grief & Loss” is planned for 7 p.m. tonight in the school’s multi-purpose room.
Approximately 625 students make up the rural school’s kindergarten through twelfth-grade, Winkler said.
Due to the tragedy, last Friday’s high school football game against Upper Scioto Valley was canceled indefinitely, Winkler added.


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