Tributes paid to British student killed by suspected drink driver at US summer camp

June 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Tributes were paid to a British student who died when he was hit by a suspected drink driver while at a US summer camp.

Tragic Dominic Hartley, 21, was standing at the side of the road with friends after finishing work when a car smashed into them.

Dominic and his friend Emily Lewis, also 21, were both killed on Thursday near Camp Echo Lake, New York State.

The student, from Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, had been working a summer job after finishing his first year of studies at Swansea Metropolitan University.

His family issued a statement which said Dominic had travelled to the US to “begin a dream” of working in the country.

The statement, issued by Dominic’s brother Matthew, 23, described him as a “happy-go-lucky kind of guy” who was “full of energy and enthusiasm for life”.

It said: “At present we do not have many details of what happened to Dom, all we know is he was having a break with friends after work, where he was beginning a dream summer of working at a summer activity camp for children in New York State.

“Whilst on his break He was hit and killed by a drunk driver late on Thursday night. Another girl, called Emily, was also killed.

“Dom was a bright, happy-go-lucky kind of guy, full of energy and enthusiasm for life. He lived in the moment, with a real passion for music, outdoor adventure activities, and working with children.

“His dream has always been to get to live in America, a dream he had recently achieved by getting a work permit for the summer to work in an adventure activity camp for children.

“By all accounts, he was having the time of his life in America, doing what he loved, and doing extremely well at it.

“Our family are exceptionally grateful for all the messages we have received from Dom’s friends, and he will be sorely missed by all those that knew and loved him.”

Dominic leaves behind mum Bernadette, 52, dad Andrew, 53, and brother Matthew.

Emily, a third year business studies student at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, leaves behind mum Marysia , 51, and brother Andrew, 17.

The pair had been volunteering through the Camp America scheme, working in the Echo Lake office.

Peter Goldblatt, 39, of Indian Lake, has been charged with drink driving and vehicular homicide following the incident in Warrensburg.

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