MOULTRIE, Georgia – Two accidents happened Friday that resulted in the deaths of a 13-year-old and a 19-year-old.
Both crashes were single vehicle crashes. Kurt White, 13, and Elijah Partain, 19, have been identified by Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock as the victims.
White was riding an ATV on Kilgore Road when he was thrown and the ATV rolled over him, according to Brock.
White was heading west on Kilgore Road when he attempted to negotiate a bend in the road, according to Franka Young of the Department of Public Safety’s information office.
“The driver of the vehicle lost control in the curve, causing the vehicle to exit on the north side of Kilgore Road. After exiting Kilgore Road, the vehicle overturned and landed on the driver, ”Young said in an email conversation Monday.
The length of time White was stuck under the ATV was not specified.
“It’s just a sad accident,” Brock said in an interview Monday.
White was not wearing any safety gear when he sustained the fatal injuries, Brock said.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, the Colquitt County School District said, “The Colquitt County School District mourns the loss of a member of our student body. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. “
Students are currently on Thanksgiving break but will return for class on November 29. Colquitt County School District’s chief communications coordinator Angela Hobby said in an interview Monday that counselors and social workers will be available when the students return.
“All of our counselors and social workers will be available at Willie J. when the students return for class,” Hobby said. “They will be available to speak with students all day and longer if the principal sees fit.”
In another crash Friday, 19-year-old Elijah Partain was killed when his motorcycle hit a deer on Route 319, Brock said.
Young said Pertain struck the deer in the front of his motorcycle, causing it to fall as the motorcycle “rolled over several times”. The bike came to a stop in the southbound lane.
Partain wore a helmet, but that did not prevent fatal internal injuries, according to Brock.
“It was kind of an inevitable thing,” the coroner said.