PA: Man gets probation in fatal hunting accident
March 5, 2010
Man gets probation in fatal hunting accident
BEAVER — Charles Smith recalled a time several years ago when his son
Duane returned home from a fishing trip soaking wet. Turns out, Duane Smith
had jumped into Raccoon Creek Lake to help a man and his daughters whose
canoe had overturned.
“I really didn’t think I would get back to shore,” Duane Smith told his
father, who reminded Duane that he had a little boy, Cameron, who depended
on him. Duane’s response: “Dad, I had to do it. They needed help.”
Since Dec. 13, 2008, Cameron Smith has struggled to adjust to a world
without his father. Duane Smith was killed when a single slug from a hunting
rifle hit him in the head. Cameron Smith, then 9, wasn’t injured, though he
had been sitting next to his father in a wooded area behind 192 Frankfort
Springs Road in Hanover Township.
The man who fired that shot, Daniel G. Logan, recounted Friday that he
heard Cameron scream just after he fired at a deer that had darted through
Logan ran nearly 200 feet, and said the sight of Duane Smith will haunt
him for the rest of his life.
“It was nothing you should ever see in a million years,” Logan, 22, of
1740 Route 30, Findlay Township, said moments before Beaver County Judge Kim
Tesla sentenced him to five years’ probation.
In January, Logan pleaded guilty to a single count of shooting at or
causing death or injury to Smith, 35, of Frankfort Springs. Logan was
charged under the state’s game laws because Smith’s death was considered a
Logan said he wished he hadn’t pulled the trigger that day. He said he
will never seek another hunting license.
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