By Donna McCollum. From KTRE.com. Originally posted: August 31, 2015. Original Article.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to another fatal All-Terrain Vehicle accident that occurred on County Road 302 Saturday night.
The 14-year-old victim has been identified as Patrick Clayton Ryan. After the accident, he was taken to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
“it’s very tragic,” said Dusty Brown, a Child Welfare Board member.
According to a press release, an investigation into the accident revealed that Ryan and another teenager had been riding a four-wheeler for most of the weekend on private property. When they drove up onto an empty chicken house, Ryan got onto the ATV by himself.
Ryan drove out the entrance of the chicken house and attempted to jump an embankment, the press release stated.
“It appears that the front tire of the four-wheeler caught the lip of a concrete edge and made the four-wheeler flip,” the press release stated.
The teen, who was known to his friends as Clayton, was a freshman at Central Heights High School. A Go Fund me account has been set up to help the family with burial expenses.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said that it was a tragic accident, and that his office’s prayers and thoughts go out to this family during this time.
Brown said he is grieved over the sudden rash of ATV fatalities and injuries in Nacogdoches County. He even loaned his every own ATV four-wheelers for a public service announcement.
However, Brown admitted that he doesn’t always follow the advice presented in the PSA.
“They ride four-wheelers all the time,” Brown said. ” I’m probably as guilty as anybody for letting them go a little too fast, but in light of the incidences, I think it’s time for even more safety for them.”
Bridges agreed in a Facebook post.
“We must do more to prevent these types of accidents from occurring again,” Bridges said. “I would think the high school user is probably a little bit more daring than a younger kid or an adult. The sheriff’s office will be launching a course for operating ATVs in a safe manner.”
Brown said it’s information that East Texas teenagers need to hear. He speaks from experience.
“I had a couple of pretty bad wrecks when I was in high school on four-wheelers,” Brown said.
About a quarter of ATV accidents that happen each year involve riders under the age of 16. An accident and a fatality at any age is certainly worth preventing.