NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. — Authorities say a 6-year-old Pennsylvania boy lost control on his dirt bike and drove onto an interstate adjacent to his family’s home before he was struck and killed.
Bryce Treichler’s family told PennLive.com (http://bit.ly/2tLxSHH ) he drove onto Interstate 83 on Tuesday through an unfenced section next to his grandmother’s home in Fairview, outside of Harrisburg.
His grandmother, Lynn Treichler, said the boy was instructed never to ride at the back end of the property, which abuts the interstate.
But his 10-year-old sister, Nevaeh, said Bryce was going too fast down a driveway and kept going straight to avoid tipping over. She said he lost control on a slope leading down to the roadway.
Lynn Treichler said that the state should have built a fence or guardrail next to their property.
“It should have been done years ago,” she said. “It’s just a shame it had to take a tragedy, if they do put one up now.”
PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny says that fences are not required but are typically installed with initial construction of an interstate or during major reconstruction. The last major reconstruction near the home was more than 20 years ago.
“There was no continuous right of way fence in this area, probably due to the embankment,” Penny said.
Relatives say they are raising money to build a fence on the property.
This story has been corrected to show a dateline of New Cumberland, not Fairview, Pennsylvania.
Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com