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‘Heartbroken’ Dryden mourns loss of 11-year-old student in pedestrian accident

No charges are expected.

State Police said on Monday afternoon that they didn’t expect any charges against the driver who was operating the pickup truck that struck two Dryden Central School District students. An 11-year-old Dryden Middle School student has been identified by police as the one reported fatality in the incident, which took place on Sunday around 5:11 pm.

Andrew R. Porter, 26, of Dryden was identified as the driver of the pickup truck and darkness could have played a role. Officials say the investigation is ongoing, though.

11-year-old Kaylee Wacht was pronounced dead at the scene. State Police say Wacht and Kristin Shevalier, 14, of Freeville were walking on Sheldon Road, which was described as being unlit at the time of the accident. Shevalier was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries to her head and arm. The Ithaca Voice reports that Shevalier may be released from the hospital as early as Monday evening.

The Lions Legacy Facebook Page paid tribute to Wacht saying, “She earned the nickname ‘Boots’ for coming to cheerleading practice in cowboy boots and was also known as ‘Little Red’. She had a contagious laugh, enjoyed riding four wheeler, jumping on the trampoline and swimming in the pond over the summer.”

The Dryden Central School District released a statement early-Monday:

“The entire Dryden School community is heartbroken at the loss of our Middle School student and injury to our High School student. We are holding all the families involved tenderly in our hearts and thoughts. The principals have crisis teams in place to support students and staff this morning.”

A GoFundMe page had been set up for Wacht, which had raised a little more than $1,700 at the time of publishing.

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