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Wayne Post
  • Rotary-sponsored blood drive offers show of support to Murphy family

  • The Newark Rotary Club is sponsoring a blood drive in David P. Murphy’s name at the American Legion Post No. 286 in Newark on Tuesday, July 23.

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  • The Newark Rotary Club is sponsoring a blood drive in David P. Murphy’s name at the American Legion Post No. 286 in Newark on Tuesday, July 23.
    Murphy, 45, of Newark, was traveling north on Route 88 on a 2008 Harley Davidson a little after 5 p.m. on July 6 when a vehicle, driven by Tyler Hosmer, 17, of Newark, allegedly pulled out into the intersection, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies said. Hosmer was attempting to cross Route 88 while traveling on Maple Ridge Road and allegedly failed to yield the right of way. Hosmer’s vehicle struck the Harley and Murphy was thrown from the motorcycle.
    Murphy was seriously injured and airlifted by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital where he remains in guarded condition in the ICU.
    Rotary President John Zornow said they wanted to send flowers to Murphy after hearing the news about the accident. When a Rotary representative inquired about an address with Murphy’s father, Paul Murphy, he told them there was only one thing his son needed — blood.
    To that end, Zornow said, he contacted the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross and worked with Executive Director James Love to set up a Rotary-sponsored blood drive event. Anyone who is eligible to be a donor is encouraged to stop by the American Legion at 200 E. Union St. between 1 and 7 p.m. on July 23, no matter blood type, Zornow said. Rotary members will be working with Red Cross personnel to register donors and hand out refreshments after blood has been donated. Every donation made at this blood drive will be donated to the blood bank in Dave Murphy’s name, Zornow said.
    Blood donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds.
    Hosmer and a passenger in his vehicle were not injured in the July 6 accident. He was issued a ticket for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign and will appear in Arcadia Town Court at a later date.
    The investigation into the accident is continuing.
    Deputies were assisted at the scene by Fairville Fire and Rescue and Lyons and Newark advanced life support personnel.

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