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Boy dies in off-road crash

Posted September 16, 2012

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— A 13-year-old Sampson County boy died when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding on overturned.

Troopers say the driver lost control, and MacKinley Waters was thrown from the ATV and died instantly. Waters was a straight A-student and football player at Midway Middle School in Dunn.

Authorities said two other passengers in the Polaris Side-by-Side utility vehicle, ages 12 and 13, were not seriously injured. 


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  • WRALSUCKS Sep 18, 2012

    Being a kid is dangerous. No amount of laws will ever prevent this.

    Prayers to the family.

  • davmci29 Sep 18, 2012

    "I don't know any ATV laws but I am wondering is a 13 yr old allowed to drive it ?? Along with 2 more 12,13 yr old passengers? "

    Now is clearly not the time to lay blame as the sadness of a lost child is front and center- but there are laws in place RIGHT now that preclude a person under 16 from driving an ATV above a certain level of cc's. And a typical side by side "UTV" is allowed TWO riders. A typical ATV is allowed ONLY the driver, and other than some "farm use" exceptions, the driver MUST be 16.

    Sad sad day.. As an ATV owner who DOES allow his children to drive them with extreme caution, we don't need more laws... we need more "parents taking responsibility". again- now is not the time to have that conversation... So sorry for the family of ALL the children on that ATV as they all have a burden to carry now.

  • Fireflies Rock Sep 17, 2012

    How awful, such a promising future cut short. Sending healing thoughts to this boy's poor family during their time of grief. RIP MacKinley.

  • Scubagirl Sep 17, 2012

    Such a tragedy, that sadly could have been prevented. I think that there most definitely should be an age limit for driving ATVs-Children are NOT strong enough, nor have the wherewithal to control them.

    AND helmets should most definitely be required-perhaps some lives could be saved, not to mention the head injuries

  • romneycare Sep 17, 2012

    I don't know any ATV laws but I am wondering is a 13 yr old allowed to drive it ?? Along with 2 more 12,13 yr old passengers?

    Rest in Peace! Hope this can shed some light on the issue of helmets and safety

  • kmanc4s Sep 17, 2012

    People buy ATV's for off road and foolishly think they are safer than a dirt bike. The truth is a dirt bike is safer because it weighs less if you crash it and it lands on top of you and people don't underestimate the danger. An ATV rider is more likely to operate or ride it without a helmet.

    It's a very sad day when a child dies doing something fun.

  • daisy Sep 17, 2012

    I am so sorry for this famiy's loss.

    My son has a steel rod in his leg from a 4-wheeler crash when he was 15. The only thing that saved him was that he remembered the safety video tip that said to lift up and let go before impact. I was opposed to him having an ATV but my ex let him get one to ride at his house so I insisted he watch the safety video multiple times.

    I believe ATVs need to require a license and age requirements. Some of those vehicles are ridiculously fast. We have to stop ignoring all these senseless preventable tragedies.

  • piene2 Sep 17, 2012

    How sad! One wonders if this was a helmet issue.

  • common tater Sep 17, 2012

    prayers for the family