School community dealing with grief following tragedy

MILLSBORO – Additional grief counselors were on staff at Lord Baltimore Elementary School last week following the death of a 6-year-old Frankford girl who died in a three-vehicle crash Sunday, Sept. 9 near Millsboro.

Brielle Farlow, who had just started first grade at Lord Baltimore Elementary in Ocean View, died from injuries she sustained in the crash. She was pronounced dead at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Brielle Farlow

The tragedy sent shock and heartbreak throughout the school community.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of a Lord Baltimore Elementary School student in a traffic collision on Sunday, Sept. 9,” said Indian River School District Superintendent Mark Steele. “We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the child’s family and to the entire Lord Baltimore community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in their time of grief.”

Additional counselors and social workers were on hand at the school last week “to assist students and staff during this difficult time,” Mr. Steele said.

Lord Baltimore Elementary Principal Pam Webb met with staff the morning after the tragedy to break the news prior to the arrival of students after having informed Brielle’s current teacher and her kindergarten teacher from last year the night before, IRSD spokesman Dave Maull said.

In addition, a letter was sent home to parents Monday, Sept. 10.

The school will likely be planning some type of memorial, but no concrete plans have been formulated, said Mr. Maull.

State police investigation revealed the crash occurred at the intersection of Lowes Crossing Road and Millsboro Highway (SR 24) involving a Jeep Cherokee, a Dodge Caravan and a Dodge Ram pick-up.

Brielle was a second-seat passenger in the Cherokee driven by her 30-year-old mother from Frankford.

State police investigation revealed the Cherokee was eastbound on Lowes Crossing Road when it failed to stop at the posted stop sign and continued directly into the path of the Caravan, which spun upon impact and struck the Dodge Ram, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The driver of the Cherokee was treated at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

The Caravan driver, a 64-year-old Salisbury man, and a passenger, a Salisbury woman, were both treated for minor ning injuries at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, a 46-year-old Georgetown man, was not injured.

Impairment does not appear to be a factor on behalf of either drivers, Cpl. Jaffe said.

According to Melson Funeral Services, a celebration of Brielle’s life will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Ave., Ocean View. Friends and family may call after 5 p.m.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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