DANSVILLE — Emery Lafferty loved sports, wrestling, football, basketball and baseball.
On the first nice afternoon after a long winter, Emery was outside playing baseball, throwing the ball up, hitting it and chasing it at his home on Groveland Station Road.
Running after the ball, he went in the road and was stuck by a car and killed on Thursday afternoon.
Just 12, he moved to Dansville a few weeks ago from the Salamanca area and had recently attended Ellicottville Central School. He was a student at EBH Elementary in Dansville, where his new friends had grief counselors available on Friday to help cope with the sudden death of their classmate.
"It was a beautiful day and he was doing what kids should be doing more of, outside playing baseball, not sitting inside playing video games," said Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty. "It's just tragic."
Police said the death was accidental. The driver, Donna Scura, 68, of Wayland, was not charged. The speed limit is 55 on the road and deputies said speed was not an issue.
Emery was the son of Brett and Bobbie Wahl Lafferty. He was a member of the Ellicottville Wrestling Club, and played football, basketball and baseball there. Emery was a big fan of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, camping and swimming.
His family said he loved spending time with his grandfather and riding on his lawnmower.
A funeral was held Wednesday, April 16. Many readers left condolence comments for the family on the Genesee Country Express Facebook page, saying Emery made an impact on the school and community in the short time he was here.