Thursday, February 15, 2007

"Boy Rescued From Snow Cave-in"

This is just scary...

By Carol Biliczky
Beacon Journal staff writer

BARBERTON - A 13-year-old boy has resolved not to build any more snow tunnels after being buried in one Wednesday.

Dylan Stavarz was building a tunnel by himself on Wisteria Drive about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday when a Barberton snowplow cleared the street. Dylan's 7-year-old brother, Alex, went down to the snow tunnel to play with him but couldn't find him. "He couldn't see him, but he could hear him screaming," said Jean Stavarz, the boys' mother.

She, Alex and another son, David, 15, tried to dig Dylan out of the snow. But by then he had fallen silent, so Jean Stavarz called 911. Within five minutes, rescue workers found Dylan, unconscious but breathing.

In the ambulance, Dylan had recovered enough to tell rescue workers his name and where he went to school. He was to spend Wednesday night at Akron Children's Hospital for observation, but his mother said he was warmly dressed and did not suffer hypothermia.

"When kids are playing, they need to be aware of snowplows," she said. "It was an accident. How quickly that can happen!"

** UPDATE **

After being released from the hospital, Dylan returned to the snow pile with his dad to find the glasses he lost in the ordeal. ``He's sore,'' his mom said, ``but he's in good shape.''

The Medina Police Department issued a news release Wednesday warning that kids who are too close to the street during plowing run the risk of being hit by debris, such as concrete, ice or hardened snow. In fact, the city's service director, Nino Piccoli, ordered snow-plow drivers not to plow in neighborhoods where children are playing too close to the road.


Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Wisteria Drive ... as in, from Desperate Housewives? How much you want to bet this turns up as a plot point in the next year or so?

Also, it's a good thing there weren't snowplows on Hoth.

February 16, 2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger Missy B said...

Hmm. That is an interesting one. Stuff like that doesn't happen here.

February 16, 2007 8:09 PM  
Blogger cherylann said...

Growing up in New England we actually had the fire department come into our elementary school and warn us of the dangers of plows, and winter weather in general. Unfortunately, a boy I went to school with lost his little sister to a snowplow death... she was climbing to the top of a snowpile on the side of the road and fell down the other side and a plow hit her. It was sad. They should really give instruction to kids everywhere it snows. I'm glad he was okay.

February 17, 2007 2:42 AM  

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