Attack on teen at bus stop was likely random, police say

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police believe a 15-year-old boy who was knocked unconscious at his Lower Paxton Township bus stop is the victim of a deliberate and random attack.

Preston Gorecki was left with two broken vertebrae in his neck and a severe concussion from the assault Wednesday morning at Fairmont Drive and Clover Road.

Township police said at least two males drove by Gorecki as he waited for his bus. As the vehicle passed, Gorecki was struck in the back of the head with on object that looked like a pipe.IMG_0070

The vehicle, believed to be a metallic light blue sedan, was headed east on Clover Road. Police believe someone in the car either swung the pipe-like object at the Dauphin County Vo-Tech student or extended it from a window.

“When we’re dealing with this age group, they talk, they post things. There are people out there that know exactly what happened. We want them to come forward so can get this solved as soon as possible,” police Lt. Gary Seefeldt said.

Gorecki’s family says he’s on morphine and afraid to go back to the bus stop.

“I was horrified,” his father Jeremy Gorecki said. “Who does this to somebody? What kind of world are we living in when a child can’t just stand there to go to school? He just wanted to go to school.”

“A few inches either way and his brain could have been bleeding. He could have been killed by that,” Belinda Strohecker, Preston’s grandmother, said. “Some people may think it’s fun and games, but it’s not. He could have lost his life during this.”

Preston’s father says doctors expect his son to make a full recovery.

“My son complained several times about people driving by, using vulgarity, profanity, and I said I’ll try and call the school. I took it as teenagers driving by being teenagers until this happened,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lower Paxton police at 717-657-5656.


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