13-Year-Old Boy on Bike Dies after Crash with Car

SHENANDOAH -- A 13-year-old boy is dead after being hit by a car Wednesday night.

Police say the boy didn't live far from the intersection in Shenandoah where he was hit while riding his bike.

Scott Ort's mother says his greatest passion was being kind to others.

"He's a wonderful kid. He'll do anything for anybody, help them. He'll take his own shirt off his back to help them. He's a good kid," said Ivey Ort.

Shenandoah police say the teenager was riding his bike near the intersection of South Gilbert and West Centre Streets when he was hit by a car driven by Kara Mozer, 40, of Lansford.

He died at the hospital 10 hours later.

"Out of this incident, I just want everybody to know, you know, watch your kids and make sure they're doing what they need to do to be safe because he would want that," said Scott's cousin Heather Phillips.

Scott's family describe him as a typical 13-year-old kid. He was a seventh-grader at Shenandoah Valley Junior Senior High School, loved video games and wrestling.

But, they say what set him apart from some other kids his age is his generous heart.

"He won't go down without a good memory because he deserves this voice and this is not just us, this is him and what he would want to say to everybody," said Phillips.

"I really miss him and I will see him again. I will. I just have to let him rest in peace now," his mother said.

Shenandoah police say they are still investigating how the crash happened. They are unsure if charges will be filed at this time.

People interested in making a donation for the family can do so at Dimaggio's Pizza on North Main Street.

15 comments

  • Chicken Man

    My ten-speed bicycle reallys hums over the Frackville Elks parking lot. Thereโ€™s a lot of wonky walkers on these Frackville streets but my pedal bike makes the rounds twice as fast. If you hear my bell ringing Iโ€™m down to slam-slam.

  • Paul Winner

    As myself being a full-time cyclists. How can you be sure for certain that there wasn’t a vehicle malfunction or worse that she was on her cell phone as going down the road. I’ve seen way too many drivers not paying attention to the road nor respecting the LAWS of the roads. when I’m riding I looked directly into the drivers eyes to see what the reactions are. It’s just a shame that this young man lost his life. My respect goes out to the family and friends.

  • RJELQ

    i lost my breaks down the big hills of ash-land once and duffed it. it could happen easy especially if u hit a pothole, not sure were exactly it happened in 462 but that could of been the cause here. his breaks might of went on his bike. Might not be the drivers fault at all.

    • Adam B

      Ashlandโ€™s big hill is not the only scary thing in town. There are some real creepy fellows lurking on the street corners. Heck, that one mayor used get pretty naughty chatting online with boys according to an old WNEP article. Weird wacky and pervy town.

  • ๐Ÿ˜˜

    That lady should be charged! A young boy that lost his life way to soon! Slow down and maybe shit like this won’t happen! R.I.P Sweetie! ๐Ÿ˜‡

    • Joske

      I’m a strong advocate for traffic safety, especially for cyclists. Unfortunately, in this case, the woman likely had zero time to react, even if she was going the exact speed limit. Just look at the intersection – she did not have a stop light or red light. Many drivers are negligent and deserve to be charged if they hit and kill a cyclist or pedestrian, but it does not appear that she was at fault.

      • Trash!

        Not really haha! At the end of the day I’m probably smarter then you idiot! Take a seat freak! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Shengirl

    The woman was not speeding nor was she under the influence. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The poor kid came flying down the hill into traffic and hit into her. While it is tragic and horrible the woman did not hit him.

  • Writer Girl

    So young. So sad. Condolences to all his loved ones. God takes the best ones first, to be near Him. Rest in peace, boy angel.

    • Nice sentiment, but - no

      Although your comment is thoughtful, it’s also perilously incorrect. The brutally honest truth is one must have a personal relationship with Jesus and allow Him into our hearts and Lord over our lives in order to be with God. Hopefully this young man knew Jesus.

  • longgreysocks

    These Shenandoah/frackville area streets have been come tough for pedestrians. People driving fast and some times under the influence. Not a good place to beat feet and roam too much anymore.

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