Com­mu­nity strug­gles with child’s death

10-year-old dies of in­juries from car crash

Connecticut Post - - NEWSBITES - By Justin Papp

WEST­PORT — What was sup­posed to be a fun fam­ily trip to the Base­ball Hall of Fame ended in tragedy for a West­port fam­ily.

Per­rin Delorey, a Greens Farm El­e­men­tary School fourth-grader, died Mon­day from in­juries sus­tained in a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion just about 30 miles out­side Coop­er­stown, N.Y., on Sun­day.

On Tues­day, West­port Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Colleen Palmer broke the news to the school com­mu­nity with an email to par­ents.

“As a school com­mu­nity, we ex­press our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of Per­rin,” Palmer wrote. “I send this note out with a heavy heart that we have lost such an amaz­ing lit­tle boy who was loved by so many and who ex­uded life in all he did. Please keep his fam­ily in your thoughts and prayers.”

Around 3 p.m. Sun­day, New York state troop­ers re­ceived re­ports of a headon col­li­sion on Route 20 in Sharon, N.Y. Po­lice said it ap­peared the driver of one car, Per­rin Delorey’s fa­ther, James C. Delorey, 49, was head­ing east in a 2016 Mini Cooper when he crossed the cen­ter line and crashed head-on into a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ing west

Both James Delorey and a front-seat pas­sen­ger, Per­rin Delorey’s mother, An­gela H. Ryan, 47, were taken to the Albany Medical Cen­ter Hospi­tal. James Delorey, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of re­search at pub­lic af­fairs firm Global Strat­egy Group, was re­leased from the hospi­tal the day of the crash. Ryan was re­leased on Tues­day.

The driver of the other ve­hi­cle, 63-year-old Mo­hawk, N.Y., na­tive Sher­man W. Day, was re­ported in se­ri­ous con­di­tion with head and neck in­juries. A sec­ond oc­cu­pant was un­in­jured.

Per­rin Delorey, 10, was in the back seat of the Mini Cooper and suf­fered se­ri­ous head and in­ter­nal in­juries, po­lice said. He was trans­ferred to Albany Medical Cen­ter Hospi­tal and was on life sup­port fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent.

Po­lice said the ac­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Bureau of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion, Col­li­sion Re­con­struc­tion, and the uni­form pa­trol, and re­tracted an ini­tial state­ment that said Per­rin was not wear­ing a seat belt.

Ac­cord­ing to the fam­ily friend, the Deloreys have made ar­range­ments to do­nate their son’s or­gans.

The 10-year-old’s pass­ing has left many in the com­mu­nity stricken with grief.

As a town, we’ll do ev­ery­thing and any­thing nec­es­sary to ease the pain of this ter­ri­ble loss,” said First Select­man Jim Marpe. “But the re­al­ity is this will take a long time.”


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