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UPDATE: Family Trying to Cope With Loss of Young Boy Hit and Killed by SUV

By: Jeremy Edwards, Cathleen Moxley, Katelyn Syke Email
By: Jeremy Edwards, Cathleen Moxley, Katelyn Syke Email

UPDATE 3/29/12 @ 9:30 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A grieving family looking for answers.

Darrell Danberry's son, Dale, was hit and killed by an SUV, Wednesday night, while crossing the street. A horrible accident leaving Danberry asking why.

"I went home last night and every, every little sound I was expecting him to come around the corner. Never happened," Danberry said.

Danberry said his son was full of life and loved dirt bikes and four wheelers. He said Dale was wrestler John Cena's biggest fan, even dressing up like Cena in one of the last pictures taken of him just weeks ago.

"Those that knew him, knew he was a joy to have around," he said. "God, I can't believe we're even in this situation. He was my world."

But another shock came to Darrell and his family, Wednesday night. Before he got home, the hospital called asking if they could donate Dale's heart valves. A phone call he wasn't expecting.

"This is the hardest thing I've ever went through and if his death saves another child, there's a set of parents out there that don't gotta go through this," Danberry said.

And while part of Dale will live on and save a life, the Danberry's continue to cope with the loss of their little boy.



UPDATE 3/29/12 @ 6:15 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A devastating accident has left a little boy’s family and his community shaken.

Dale Danberry, 8, was hit and killed when he ran out in front of an SUV on Route 34 in Putnam County.

The accident happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday night.

Investigators say Dale was heading to a friend’s house. They say his older brother told him to wait for him to get his shoes on, but he went without him.

“I just feel numb. He's about the same age as my little boy,” Chris Saunders, a neighbor, said.

Saunders was driving a school bus when Dale ran behind him to cross the road.

“My vehicle was blocking the view of both him and the car. They couldn't see each other,” Saunders said.

In his rear-view mirror, Saunders saw brake lights.

“I was hoping that he either seen the car and stopped or he made it across the road,” Saunders said.

But the outcome was worse than he expected. Dale was hit and killed by an SUV. Because it was an accident the driver isn't facing charges.

“It was unavoidable,” Putnam County Sheriff Mark Smith said. “It was just one of those instances where the little fellow ran out in the road and she could do nothing.”

Now, family friends are remembering Dale with a memorial where the accident happened.

Also, Dale's school is coping with the loss. A crisis team was on hand at George Washington Elementary Thursday to counsel faculty and students who have fond memories of the little boy with the big smile.

“He just always had a smile for everyone, and he loved to read,” Principal Mary Beth Myers said. “He will be missed by all of us here at GW Elementary.”



UPDATE 3/29/12 @ 11:40 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Putnam County Sheriff's Department has released the name of the 8-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a vehicle.

The accident happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday on Route 34 in Red House near the Hillbilly Mart.

Investigators say Dale Danberry was hit while running across the road. Putnam Sheriff Mark Smith tells WSAZ.com he wanted to cross the street to visit a friend and he darted out into the road.

The sheriff says Dale's older brother told him to wait for him to get his shoes so he could take him across the street -- but Dale went on without him.

Dale was hit by a SUV and did not survive.

Officers say the driver of the SUV will not be charged because this was a true accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/28/12 @ 5:28 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A young boy has been hit by a car on Route 34.

The accident happened just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that the boy is unconscious and being rushed to the hospital.

Route 34 is closed between Route 62 and Liberty.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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