|Cumby boy, 11, dies after being struck by car Wednesday evening|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Dec. 7, 2006 - An 11-year-old Cumby boy died Wednesday evening as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
�Funeral arrangements for James T. �J.T.� Massey , a fifth grade student at Cumby Elementary School, are pending with Cumby Funeral Home.
Massey was reportedly riding a skateboard on a private driveway on Depot Street when he entered the road as a Campbell girl, 17, was driving by in a 1998 Nissan car.
Emergency dispatchers were alerted at 5:40 p.m. that a car had struck a child in front of 205 Depot St. Hopkins County and Cumby firefighters responded, along with Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel, Cumby police, Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies and state troopers. A medical helicopter was placed on standby.
When authorities arrived, they reported that the child had sustained multiple fractures, was not alert, and that CPR was being started. A medical helicopter was dispatched to the location and finally landed after difficulties in communicating with authorities at the scene on the designated frequencies. Because of the child’s unstable and critical condition, however, he was taken by ambulance to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup pronounced the child dead at the hospital at 6:37 p.m.
Cumby Independent School District Superintendent Bert Vandiver said a number of people were at the school Thursday morning to help counsel the students.
�We have plenty of counselors,� Vandiver said. �We�re trying to be as normal as we can be today. We�re trying not to let them drift off alone, and to answer their questions. We�re trying to keep the routine and keep them occupied.�
Among those assisting students with grief and dealing with the situation were the school’s counselors; Hopkins County Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. Officer Glynda Chester; ministers; Salvation Army counselors; local officers who have children enrolled at the school; and a specially trained crisis intervention team sent by Texas Department of Public Safety.
Several other school districts have also called school authorities to offer their counselors’ services and to assist in any other way, Vandiver said.
Cumby ISD has canceled all athletic games this weekend, including the basketball games scheduled with Campbell, in light of the tragedy.