Lizemores boy dies in ATV crash in Clay County
A 10-year-old Lizemores boy was killed, and another juvenile was seriously injured, in an ATV crash in Clay County Sunday.
West Virginia State Police responded to an ATV crash in Clay County on Sunday around 5:20 p.m. A 10-year-old boy was transported to Montgomery General Hospital and was pronounced dead by medical staff, according to a press release from the state police.
The boy, of the Lizemores area, was driving the ATV on a paved road in Bird Hollow when he made a turn, ran off the road and hit a rock wall. Another juvenile on the ATVwas transported to Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital with serious injuries.
Locally, several Facebook sites have identified the deceased boy. One identified a bank account established for donations to memorial and funeral expenses. Another identified the victim as the son of a local football coach. Virginia State Police said they will not confirm the name of the boy because he was a minor.
An investigation is ongoing. According to West Virginia's Department of Transportation, about 40% of ATV crashes are on paved roads and 24% of ATV accident deaths are from people 16 years old or younger. West Virginia's State Police First Lieutenant Robert Maddy said ATV accidents are too common.
"They're happening too often, as far as the fatalities go," Maddy said.
— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.