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12-year-old remembered by classmates

SPARTA, N.Y. - The community is remembering the boy who was struck and killed by a car Thursday afternoon in front of his home on Route 63.

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department said his name is Emery Lafferty, 12. He moved to the Town of Sparta two weeks ago from Ellicottville, NY.

Lafferty transferred into the 5th grade class at Dansville Central School District, and was in class for nine days.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Alioto said, "I was told he was adjusting well to his new environment here at school and that he was making progress, making friends, and participating in class activities.

His classmates knew him for a short time, but created a rock garden memorial in his name Friday.

"We ran a classroom circle activity with them this morning and their counselor. Im told that the students came up with the idea to memorialize their friend Emery," said Dr. Alioto.

The accident happened just before 4 pm on Route 63. Sheriff's deputies say the boy was playing baseball and chased his ball into the roadway.

The driver, Donna Scura, 68, of Wayland did not see the boy, according to deputies. Investigators don't believe any other factors were involved. Scura does not face any charges.

Dr. Alioto said Lafferty comes from a very loving family. He said they are working through this very difficult time.

The speed limit on Route 63 is 55 mph.

Edward Evans lives on the street and said, "Im a little anxious and worried because I have two small children. Now theyre [cars] coming a little slower, but they do come through here very fast."

Evans said he will be putting up a fence to keep his children away from the roadway.

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is investigating this accident.

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