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Updated: 5:53 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 | Posted: 2:59 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
According to the teen's parents, a 15-year-old boy who was killed by a truck Thursday night in Mercer County died while trying to save a young boy.
According to police, Brittany Raskowsky, 25, was driving on Old Ash Road in Springfield Township around 11:45 p.m. when she drove off the side of the road.
Investigators said the car traveled about 240 feet through a field before striking at least two people who were part of a group fishing along the bank of a farm pond.
The two, later identified as 15-year-old Austin Rife and his mother, 37-year-old Stephani Rife, were both taken to Grove City Medical Center.
Stephani Rife was treated for moderate injuries, but Austin Rife died from his injuries at 4 a.m., officials said. The Mercer County coroner said Rife died of blunt-force trauma to the head and chest.
Austin Rife's parents told Channel 11's sister station WHIO that their son grabbed 6-year-old Logan Thompson in an attempt to save him from the oncoming truck. They called his actions heroic.
"Austin was actually the one who pushed the other kid out of the way to save him," family friend Doug Reiber said. "The last few days have been pretty tough for me, especially knowing everybody."
Reiber said Austin, his parents and brother were visiting from Ohio, and hadn't been here a day when the accident happened.
"It's just a shame. I wouldn't wish this on my enemy," Reiber said.
Raskowsky was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and later released to family. Authorities said their investigation is ongoing and additional charges against Raskowsky are pending.
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