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11-year-old boy killed in ATV crash

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Trooper Brad Arterburn Trooper Brad Arterburn
Glenn Dowden Glenn Dowden

EMINENCE, KY (WAVE) – An 11-year-old boy is dead after a ride on an ATV on his family's farm turned tragic.

The Henry County coroner has identified the victim as Dylan Thurman. 

The accident happened Thursday evening on Dylan's grandfather's farm on Point Pleasant Road.

"Talking to the family, he rode the ATV frequently," said Trooper Brad Arterburn, Kentucky State Police. "Growing up in a country community it is something a lot of kids do at a young age."

Something happened, causing Dylan to lose control of the ATV and crash. "He was ejected from it and it did land on top of him and that's where he was when the grandfather found him," said Arterburn. 

Police said Dylan was pronounced dead at the scene. "It's terrible, you just don't expect anything like this," said Glenn Dowden, who lives just up the street. 

Dowden said he knows Dylan's family well. "His great granddad, his granddaddy and him, his daddy, I see them everyday," said Dowden.
 
He said he can't imagine what they are going through, especially since he too has an 11-year-old grandson who was in the same class as Dylan.

"It's just a terrible situation, you just don't know how to handle it," said Dowden. 

Police said Dylan was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. 

"I don't know if a helmet would have solved anything here or not, but in more times than not, it will, so wear a helmet, wear a seat belt in whatever you are doing be careful," said Arterburn. "Parents try the best you can to keep an eye on your kids and like I said, just be careful with what you are doing."

Kentucky State Police say they will continue to investigate, but it appears this was just an accident and no charges will be filed.

The ATV Safety Institute has what it calls "golden rules" that can help keep your family safe.

  • Always wear the proper equipment, including a helmet, long pants, and boots.
  • Never ride on paved roads. ATV's are designed for off-road driving and another vehicle could hit you.
  • Ride an ATV that's the right size for your age.
  • Closely supervise riders younger than 16. 

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