Grandmother calls boy's death on I-83 'freak accident'

Christopher Dornblaser

A Fairview Township boy described as fun-loving and energetic died Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a car on Interstate 83.

Bryce James Treichler, 6, of Lincoln Drive, was riding his dirt bike at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It was just a freak accident," Lynn Baker, Bryce's grandmother, said Wednesday afternoon.

Bryce James Treichler

Bryce was riding a dirt bike outside his home about 5 p.m. when he rode onto the interstate and into oncoming northbound traffic near the Reesers Summit exit, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Bryce rode down a hill and over an embankment before riding onto the highway, state police said.

Why no fence where 6-year-old entered Interstate 83?

He was struck by 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by a 72-year-old man from Grantville, Dauphin County, state police spokesman Trooper Brent Miller said.

Miller said the boy was riding a 2015 50cc Yamaha minibike with training wheels.

Family: Baker said Bryce was riding his dirt bike in the yard when he drove onto the interstate, which the home is right next to.

"It just lost control," she said.

She said her grandson lived with her at the home with his father and two siblings. Baker and her mother live at the home as well.

Baker said she and Bryce's father, James Treichler, were working that day, and that her mother — Bryce's great-grandmother — was watching the three kids when Bryce went onto the interstate.

Baker said her mother has lived in the home for 58 years and has had many children play in the yard. None of them had ever gone onto the interstate.

Baker said Bryce had gotten the bike for Christmas and that he was always careful with it.

She said "never in a million years" would she have thought something like this would have happened.

Bryce died of his injuries, according to the York County Coroner's Office, which has ruled his death an accident. No autopsy is planned.

Miller said the state police investigation will be closed after a few more interviews.

Remembering Bryce: Baker remembered her grandson as someone who loved being outside and who loved animals.

"He was a fun-loving, very energetic child," she said.

Baker said her grandson loved to make jokes. She said he also liked to ride his dirt bike around and that he liked to get in the dirt and pull flowers.

"He was just full of life," she said.

Bryce was about to enter second grade at Hillside Elementary School.

The West Shore School District posted on its Facebook that anyone whose children are having difficulty processing the news may contact the district to make the necessary counseling arrangements.

The statement also provided different links to help families deal with tragedy.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family cover funeral expenses. As of about 6 p.m. Wednesday, nearly $3,000 had been raised.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

Editor's note: This report has been corrected to reflect the boy's correct age.

Police and EMS respond to the scene of a person struck on Interstate 83 in Fairview Township. Photo courtesy 511pa.com.