2010-08-05 / Front Page

ATV Accident Victim Succumbs To Injuries

Cordell Carbaugh remembered as being a friend to everyone
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
A McConnellsburg man who fell from the front of a moving fourwheeler and was then accidentally run over succumbed to his injuries late last week.

Cordell Carbaugh Cordell Carbaugh Twenty-oneyear old Cordell Carbaugh of 447 Horton Drive died at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital on Thursday, July 29, two weeks after being involved in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident along High Germany Road, Union Township.

At the time of the 11 p.m. accident on July 16, Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg barracks reported Cordell was a passenger on a Polaris four-wheeler. Cordell reportedly attempted to stand on the front of the ATV and fell to the ground before being run over. He suffered major chestrelated injuries and was immediately flown to the Johnstownbased hospital, where he remained in an induced coma until his death.

In speaking with immediate family, grandmother Irene Carbaugh told the “News” her grandson was suffering from pneumonia and his right lung had collapsed, making his condition touch and go for the last several days he was hospitalized. There was also bruising to the brain, but nothing severe as it had likely been suffered during the fall from the four-wheeler.

Irene went on to say after all of the tubes and needles had been removed, the family and Cordell’s girlfriend, Brittany Eader, were encouraged by the hospital staff to hold his hand and talk to him in hopes of slowly waking him up. “His hands were so warm, and I remember telling Brittany that he must be getting better,” stated the grandmother, who along with Eader sent up a final prayer before heading to the waiting room only to learn moments later Cordell had passed on.

Irene and her husband, Richard, had raised Cordell since he was a newborn. In the hours prior to his funeral Tuesday morning, the couple recalled what a loving grandson he had been.

“He had this irresistible smile,” Irene remembered. “He had a good sense of humor. Even when I scolded him, he would just look at me and say, ‘It’ll be alright Nanny.’”

Even though Cordell’s extended family recalls the young man’s time spent on baseball and soccer fields, grandfather Dick Carbaugh is quick to point out Cordell also enjoyed Fulton County’s pastimes of hunting and fishing.

“He may not have been a great hunter, but he certainly loved to hunt,” said Dick, who added Cordell’s uncle Andy Carbaugh is touted as having been the family member responsible for being on hand when Cordell caught his first Palomino trout and harvested his very first buck.

“He told Andy to stop the boat because he thought he was caught on something,” said Dick of Cordell’s first big catch. “Andy told him he was caught on a fish and made him reel it in all by himself.”

However, Cordell’s biggest passions in life undoubtedly were four-wheelers and automobiles. Dick and Irene noted Cordell could tear anything apart and was certainly getting better and quicker at putting it back together. “What he loved most were his fourwheelers. He could spend hours behind the house or at the quarry messing around,” Irene said.

As was evident over the years, Cordell had accumulated a large number of friends.

“He was always with his friends. He must have had hundreds of them. He had more friends than any boy I ever knew,” Irene recalled and mentioned two of Cordell’s closest friends, Jared Diffenderfer and Cody DeShong.

“What I’m going to miss most is his coming home and asking, ‘What’s to eat, Nanny?’” shared Irene. Meanwhile, Dick said he was in general going to miss his grandson, who also had a special relationship with and served as a sidekick to Dick’s late father.

“He loved his family and being with them,” the Carbaughs concluded.

In addition to his grandparents Dick and Irene Carbaugh, Cordell is survived by his parents, Ed and Melinda Carbaugh of Mercersburg; sisters Krystal and Candy Harris, both of McConnellsburg; grandparents Richard and Joyce Harris of Milton, Fla., and Patricia McBryde from Portsmith, Va.; and various nieces and nephews. A full obituary can be found on page B3 of the “News.”

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