By Ryan Robinson and Tom Knapp. From Lancaster Online. Originally posted: November 17, 2015. Original Article.


Authorities have identified the  toddler who was struck and killed by a skid loader on Saturday as 19-month-old Sheri Alise Horning.

Horning died of multiple traumatic injuries suffered in a 4:48 p.m. accident on her family’s farm in the 300 block of South Farmersville Road in West Earl Township, Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said.

A family member was moving manure in a barn with the skid loader when the girl happened upon the scene and was struck by the machine, Diamantoni said.

The skid loader was backing up when it ran over the child, West Earl Township police Chief Brian Brandt said. Police are still investigating the incident.

A deputy coroner pronounced the girl dead at the farm.

It is the latest in a string of farm-related fatalities in Lancaster County. There have been at least four fatalities involving children this year.

A 3-year-old girl was killed Oct. 23 when she was run over by a tractor in Little Britain Township.

A 5-year-old boy was run over and killed by a skid loader on a farm in Sadsbury Township on Oct. 13.

A 9-year-old boy was killed when a feed card overturned on him at a farm just west of Ephrata on Feb. 13.

Twenty-five people died in farm incidents across Pennsylvania in 2014, according to previous reports.