UPDATED: Council President's Son Dies In Farm Accident
Benjamin Boniface, 20, died in an accident on the Boniface family's farm Monday morning.
UPDATED (1:05 p.m.)—The son of Harford County Council President Billy Boniface died in an early morning vehicle accident Monday on the family's farm in Darlington.
A prelimintary investigation revealed Benjamin Boniface, 20, died when the 1994 Ford pick-up truck he was driving struck a series of fence posts along a private road on Bonita Farm in the 3700 block of Harmony Church Road, according to a statement from the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Parts of the fence broke through the windshield of the truck, injuring Boniface, according to an emailed statement from sheriff's office spokesperson Monica Worrell.
Deputies believe the driver lost control of the vehicle heading into a curve in the roadway, Worrell said. The vehicle was last heard around 1:30 a.m., according to a statement from Worrell.
The accident was discovered at 4:15 a.m. by a night watchman, who then alerted Billy Boniface. The men pulled the younger Boniface from the vehicle before performing CPR on him, Worrell said.
Ben Boniface was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 4:58 a.m. Monday, Worrell said.
Worrell told Patch that a full incident report was not immediately available at 11:30 a.m., but that it was her understanding that Benjamin Boniface was the only individual in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
According to his Facebook profile, Benjamin Boniface was a 2010 graduate of John Carroll School.
Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association, told Patch in an initial report shortly after 7 a.m. that the Level Volunteer Fire Company also responded to the scene just before 5 a.m. Monday.
Neighbors told Patch via email that they heard rescue vehicles driving back to the farm at 5 a.m. via the access road at Harmony Church Road.
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NOTE: Initial reports from police and EMS indicated Boniface was 21. The article has been updated to provide accurate information.