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Western Pa. teenager killed while checking on deer he hit

The Associated Press

HADLEY, Pa. - A teenager who loved animals was checking on a deer he had just run over when he was struck and killed by a truck.

Zachery R. Shook, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh, late Sunday.

Shook hit the deer, stopped his car while partially blocking the opposing lane and jumped out to check on the animal. Another pickup truck driving in the opposing lane hit Shook, killing him, authorities said.

Relatives and close family friends described the teenager as "a farm boy," and said his dream was to work on his father's small dairy farm after graduating in June from Commodore Perry High School.

"He just worked on the farm all the time, worked with the cows, milked with his dad," said Mary Fairlamb, Shook's father's girlfriend. "He loved animals."

Shook's school parking spot was turned into a memorial early Monday at the school, which has about 650 students from kindergarten through the 12th grade in the same building. Bales of hay, a pitchfork and a fishing pole decorated the spot, along with chalk drawings of his name and "we love you" in large letters, Fairlamb said.

Zachary Shook is survived by a grandfather, father, brother, sister, three nieces, a nephew and an uncle. His mother died in 2002.

"It's hard on his dad, I'll tell you," his uncle, Gail Shook, said.
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