Updated: 04/11/2014 5:08 PM
Created: 04/11/2014 10:41 AM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts
It was a tragic accident and officials say not much could have been done to avoid it.
Twelve-year-old Emery Lafferty was hit and killed by a car right in front of his home in the Livingston County town of Sparta on Thursday.
Chief Deputy Matt Burgess says Lafferty was playing baseball in his front yard when he chased the ball into the street. The driver is 68 years old and is currently not facing charges. “We don't have any reason to believe there was an offense. Speed wasn't a factor, we didn't find anything that would lead us to believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor.”
Today grief counselors were on hand for Lafferty's classmates and teachers at the elementary school in Dansville. The superintendent tells us Lafferty's family is new to the area and he was only in class for nine days.
Superintendent Paul Alioto said, “We've already reached out to the parents of children in the classrooms affected by this loss and we will do our part to make sure that parents and children are supported.”
We did reach out to Lafferty’s family to learn more about the young boy, but they did not want to talk to us. They say it's too soon and just too fresh for them to share his story today.
Lafferty’s classmates at the elementary school in Dansville have put together a memorial for the boy. They've painted rocks and left notes to remember emery and to pay tribute to him.