Seven-year-old killed in four-wheeler accident in Troup County

Published 12:59 pm Monday, December 7, 2020

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A seven-year-old child was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Troup County on Saturday, according to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

Bradley Kennedy, a first-grade student at Hollis Hand Elementary School, died in the accident. Kennedy was driving the four-wheeler, and nobody else was injured, according to TCSO Sgt. Stewart Smith.

Smith said the incident occurred on private property owned by a family member in the 200 block of Wilson Road. There were no witnesses to the accident. In a press release, TCSO said Kennedy’s great grandfather went to check on Kennedy and discovered an accident had occurred.

Smith said the accident caused the four-wheeler to flip over, and it “wound up on top of him.” Family members did not know how much time elapsed between the accident and the time Kennedy was discovered, Smith said.

The incident was reported around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Smith said. Family members called 911 and said Kennedy was not breathing. They started driving Kennedy to the hospital, before being intercepted by emergency services that had been dispatched.

Kennedy was unresponsive to emergency personnel, who performed CPR on him and transported him the rest of the way to Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. He was pronounced dead shortly after noon, Smith said.

Smith said he was not aware of any charges, and that there are no licensing requirements for driving an ATV in Georgia.

“This case appears to be a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the family of young Bradley” Smith said in a press release.

He was not aware of the exact make and model of the vehicle, only that is was a Honda ATV.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for funeral expenses and raised nearly $6,000. The organizer of the fundraiser has disabled new donations.