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13-year-old killed on ATV

Posted April 29, 2009

— A 13-year-old boy died Tuesday evening when his all-terrain vehicle collided with a pickup, authorities said.

Jimmy Wheeler, 28, was eastbound on Neal Road near Laurel Mill Road shortly before 7 p.m. when an ATV veered into the road in front of his 2007 Chevrolet pickup, authorities said. Wheeler couldn't stop in time, and his truck struck the ATV, killing Kelsey Jamal Perry, authorities said.

No charges have been filed against Wheeler in the case.


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  • stovehead19 Apr 30, 2009

    If the wheeler man made wont going so fast he could have still been living but that's what happens when you break the law
    You will always be remember cuz

  • mrsmom Apr 29, 2009

    This is a sad story. My heart goes out to the family and the driver of the car.

    I am not one for regulating what should fall under personal respnsibility as it punishes the responsible for the errors in judgement of the few. However, I would support a safety course being required for ATVs and personal watercraft. We own both and use them responsibly but I was amazed that we were given no instruction beyond the owners manuals when we bought them.

  • Ajay F.S. Apr 29, 2009

    I am so sorry for his family.

    A teen was riding down the road in front of me on an ATV going around 50-55 mph a couple of days ago, weaving back and forth in the middle of a curvy road. I could not see his face clearly, but I think I know who he belongs to, so in the face of this accident, I think I better inform his parents.

  • Adelinthe Apr 29, 2009

    Unless the child bought this secretly and with his own money, whomever did buy it for him and let him ride it is clearly at fault.

    Children can't handle motorized vehicles which is one reason why they have to be 16 in this state to get a Driver's License. And even that doesn't stop the death of so many young people in motor vehicle accidents.

    So why would any caring responsible adult get a motorized vehicle for their child below (sometimes WELL below) the legal age of getting a Driver's License?

    So many parents nowadays are totally bereft of any common sense whatsoever, and it's hurting their children.

    God bless.


  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 29, 2009

    To commenter "readme", are you saying that the parents have NO blame in this?...buying a 13 y.o. an ATV and letting him ride it on roads with cars? I certainly hope they ARE reading these posts...as well as any other parents whose barely-teenage children drive large, heavy & fast motorized vehicles...in the hopes that maybe they'll learn something.

    And I like how they sometimes report seat belt usage for car accidents, so maybe they'll also report helmet/protective gear use for off-road bike & ATV accidents. Again...part of the education campaign.

  • FromClayton Apr 29, 2009

    Oh no! I'm so sorry. We just went through this in Clayton last week with a 14 year old. It rocked the town. The funeral home was as full as I have seen it since that Fireman was killed (on an ATV actually) My heart goes out to the family.

    Louisburg - Clayton is thinking of you today.

  • notaproblem Apr 29, 2009

    Can't we just accept that no one is too blame. This is a horrible tragedy. Sometimes things cannot be prevented. He is a good kid, I do not know his parents but judging by the young man, I believe they are good also and would have surely done everything possible to prevent this from happening. And the same for the driver of the truck, I am sure he did all he could to avoid the accident. My heart and prayers go out to all who are affected by this tragedy, especially his parents. He will be missed by many.

  • rosefrear Apr 29, 2009

    Parents I realize you cannot watch your children all the time when they play outside. HOWEVER, Your child needs to understand that when they want to get on a motorized vehicle or bike. They WILL NOT get on one without an adult being present. There again it falls on the parent to MAKE the child mind.

  • Amused Apr 29, 2009

    Brings back memories of my 10-year old nephew getting killed on one of these. He was riding with another 10 year old.

  • ranquick Apr 29, 2009

    This is just another exampler that young people SHOULD BE trained and certified to ride, hese vehicles does not matter if it is either ATV's, Mopeds, or scooters.