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The Dansville Online
  • Boyd Hilligus, 14, killed while bicycling on Dansville highway

  • Livingston County Sheriff John York reported this morning that Boyd J. Hilligus IV, 14, died after being struck Monday evening in the town of North Dansville. The accident occurred at 5:50 p.m. Aug. 29 on State Route 256.

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  • Livingston County Sheriff John York reported this morning that Boyd J. Hilligus IV, 14, died after being struck Monday evening in the town of North Dansville. The accident occurred at 5:50 p.m. Aug. 29 on State Route 256.
    Susan Campbell of Dansville was traveling southbound on the highway when her vehicle struck Hilligus who was riding a bicycle along the roadway. The male was flown by Mercy Helicopter to Stong Memorial Hospital intensive care unit for life-threatening injuries, where he later died.
    Ten Livingston County Sheriff's Office personnel, including York, investigated the incident and were assisted by Dansville emergency medical services, Dansville Fire Department and Livingston County Advanced LIfe Support.
    The incident is under investigation by the sheriff's office.
    “We have completely done our forensic analysis,” he said, adding that investigators have yet to determine a definitive cause.
    “It’s a tragedy,” Undersheriff James Szczesniak said in an update Wednesday morning. “There is nothing indicating the cause.”
    He added that it will take additional time before the sheriff’s office can determine what, if any, charges are made.
    The Dansville Central School quickly took steps the following day to administer counseling services for students, many of whom are already on the campus for athletic activities. The district also informed local clergy.
    Letters went out to parents to inform them of what happened and how they can support thier children at home who may be grieving. Friends of Hilligus were contacted, and the school's crisis intervention team reached out to them and their families.
    The crisis intervention team, "put together a very comprehensive plan in a very short amount of time," Superintendent Paul Alioto said.
    The district plans on memorial activities at the school Sept. 12 and 13.
    Hilligus was about to enter the eighth grade.
     
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