Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Morning News reports death of teenage boy riding ATV

Boy Dead In ATV Accident
FAYETTEVILLE — A Washington County boy died Sunday after flipping an all-terrain vehicle.
Dillon Thurman, 15, was found pinned between a four-wheeler and a tree in a creek bed about 10 p.m. Sunday, police said.
Thurman had left his home on the family's 2,000-acre farm in northwest Washington County about 2 p.m. Family members called for help about 8:20 p.m. when he hadn't returned.
Thurman apparently attempted to climb a 4-foot embankment out of the creek bed when the ATV flipped over backwards, trapping him, said Kelly Cantrell, a sheriff's office spokeswoman.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thurman's death was the first fatal ATV accident in the county since June 27, 2008, when a man hit a culvert while riding along Cincinnati Road, just a few miles from the Thurman farm.

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