MARTIN, Landis At McMaster Hospital, Hamilton on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Martin Landis of RR #2, Kenilworth in his 12th year. Son of David B. and Rebecca Martin of RR #2, Kenilworth. Brother of John, Clarence, Barbara, Elam and Mervin. Grandson of Samuel and Melvina Martin of Elmira and Elam H. and Salome Martin of Heidelberg. Survived also by his many aunts, uncles and their families. Visitation will be held at the home of David B. and Rebecca Martin RR #2, Kenilworth on Tuesday from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. Services will begin at the family home on Wednesday, January 18th at 9:00 a.m. continuing at Farewell Mennonite Church. Burial at Farewell Mennonite Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home , Mount Forest.
Boy killed in buggy crash was good at everything'
KENILWORTH The town of Kenilworth is reeling from the death of an 11-year-old boy following a crash between his horse-and-buggy and a pickup truck. As the Mennonite community rallies around his grieving family, some are questioning what can be done to prevent another such tragedy. Shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday, Landis Martin and his 12-year-old brother were riding home in a buggy driven by their 15-year-old brother along Sideroad Seven West. The siblings were returning from a night of singing at their Old Order Mennonite church when their buggy was rear-ended by a 2000 Dodge pickup truck. The impact launched the boys from the buggy. All were taken to hospital. Landis was later airlifted to McMaster Hospital in Hamilton, where he died early Saturday. The two older boys were treated and released, but one suffered a fractured skull, broken cheekbone and possibly a broken jawbone. Landis was the youngest of six children. His parents, David B. and Rebecca Martin of Kenilworth, have roots in Waterloo Region. Landis' grandparents, Samuel and Melvina Martin as well as Elam H. and Salome Martin, hail from Elmira and Heidelberg, respectively. "If you know the Mennonite Community, they're very tight," said Brian Cleminson, who retired in Farewell, a hamlet near Kenilworth. He's a part of the local Mennonite community without being a Mennonite himself he's the one they call when they need a drive into town or to take a horse to the blacksmith. Cleminson said the boy's father is clearly in shock. The boy's mother, a quiet woman, is visibly distraught. "He was a scholar he was good at everything," said Rachel Brubacher, the boy's teacher at Kenilworth Krest School, a small parochial school. "He was just a very happy boy. Bouncy, happy and lively." Friday's accident "has been the talk of the dining room," said Lindsay Tuckerman, owner of the Kenilworth Country Kitchen and Bakery with her husband. "Any time there's an accident, it prompts the talking about how we need better safety measures for buggies." Tuckerman said people "fly" down the gravel road where Landis was killed, and there need to be clearer rules to protect buggies. There are no age restrictions or regulations as to who can operate a horse-and-buggy, even on permitted highways, according to the Ministry of Transportation. Like cyclists, all horseback riders under the age of 18 have to wear a helmet, but that doesn't apply to riding in a buggy. Under the Highway Traffic Act, buggies are essentially in the same category as slow-moving vehicles, and require appropriate signage or reflective tape. Cleminson said all the buggies he sees are well-marked for night, but people don't pay enough attention or slow down. The Highway Traffic Act states that motorists have a responsibility to exercise "every reasonable precaution" not to frighten a horse or injure its driver or passengers. Police say a 19-year-old man from Conn who drove the pickup did not see the buggy in his path. The investigation continues.
Boy, 11, dies after pickup truck hits horse and buggy northwest of Guelph
WELLINGTON NORTH, Ont. An 11-year-old boy is dead after a pickup truck collided with a horse-drawn buggy in a rural community northwest of Guelph.
Provincial police in the township of Wellington North say the crash took place on Sideroad 7 West around 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Investigators say the truck's 19-year-old driver didn't see the buggy and struck it from behind.
A 15-year-old Mennonite boy was driving the carriage with his 12- and 11-year-old brothers on board. All three were ejected.
The youngest, Landis Martin, died this morning in a Hamilton hospital. His brothers are expected to survive.
Neither the truck's driver nor its 16-year-old passenger were injured.