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Westport 10-Year-Old Dies in Upstate NY Crash

UPDATE A 10-year-old fourth grade student at Westport’s Greens Farms Elementary School died Monday following an accident Sunday in upstate New York that also injured his father and two others.

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Perrin Delorey: Greens Farms 4th grader. Contributed photo

Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer notified parents of the death of Perrin Delorey in an email.

New York state Police said Perrin was a rear seat passenger in a eastbound car driven by his father, James C. Delorey, 49, that for some unknown reason crossed over the centerline on State Route 20 in Sharon and into the path of a westbound vehicle, resulting in a head-on crash.

State Police initially said Perrin was not wearing a seatbelt, but multiple sources familiar with the accident details said he had been restrained in the backseat by a belt that his father had removed during efforts to revive him.

State Police later issued a revised report making no mention whether Perrin was wearing a seat belt.

A family friend said said Perrin’s organs are being donated so that other families will have hope for their children.

The father was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital with unknown injuries and was last listed in stable condition. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, police said.

Perrin was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Hospital, about 47 miles to the east, with head and internal injuries and was on life support until his death, police said.

Angela H. Ryan, 47, of Westport, a front seat passenger in the Perrin’s vehicle was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital with spinal and rib injuries and was last listed in stable condition. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, police said.

The westbound vehicle was operated by Sherman W. Day, 63, of Mohawk, New York. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Hospital with head and neck injury and was last listed in serious condition.

He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and had to be extricated from the vehicle, police said.

A family friend said the Delorey family had been visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Palmer said there were will be an after-hours open house at Greens Farms this evening to provide support and comfort for students and parents of GFS. 

Also this evening, the district will host an optional parent informational session focusing on how to talk to children on grieving and loss, to be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Long Lots Elementary School auditorium. 

“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,” Palmer said. 

“Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

This story has been updated to show thar Perrin was wearing a seat belt despite an earlier police report to the contrary.

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