Student Dies in Accident on School Trip

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Monday, Dec 20, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 AM CDT
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Student Dies in Accident on School Trip

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12-year-old Matthias Berhanu was killed by a falling tree.

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A Springridge Elementary sixth grade student died after an accident during a school trip last week according to the Richardson Independent School District.

12-year-old Matthias Berhanu was injured at Sky Ranch, an outdoor learning camp in Van, Texas, when he was struck by falling tree according to RISD. No one else was injured.

Berhanu was taken to Children's Medical Center in Dallas by helicopter. His family told the school district he died Friday night.

Parents of Springridge students were informed of the death Saturday. The school district said counselors were at the school Thursday and Friday last week and will be back at the school when classes resume January 5.

The funeral service for Berhanu will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Michael's Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church at 1106 N. Jupiter in Garland.

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