A four-wheeler accident claimed the life of a 14-year-old Caneyville boy who should have begun high school this week.
The wreck happened at around 6:30 Sunday evening on Old Dog Creek Road - a narrow, winding, gravel road near the boy’s home.
An area resident, Steve Mahurin, was travelling the one-lane roadway when he discovered the wrecked four-wheeler and called 911.
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Caneyville Fire Department, Grayson County Coroner’s Office, and Grayson County EMS responded to the location, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Deputy Coroner’s Larry Holman was able to release the name of the deceased on Tuesday afternoon, and identified him as 14-year-old Justin Higgs, the son of Ryan and Wendy Higgs, of Caneyville.
Holman identified the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.
Higgs was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, which occurred less than half a mile from his home.
According to Sheriff Rick Clemons, whose office is in handling the investigation, the boy was travelling east on the roadway when he rounded a curve and began going downhill. At this point, Clemons said it appears that he lost control of the four-wheeler and ran off of the right side of the roadway, striking an embankment which caused him to be thrown from the vehicle.
Clemons said that when help arrived, they found that the boy’s dog had come to lie beside his owner.
“It’s such a tragic event when we lose anyone, but when it’s a young person, it’s that much harder,” Clemons said on Monday.
He continued on to say on behalf of his department, “While this family is dealing with the ultimate loss, our heart goes out to them, our thoughts and prayers.”
This unfortunate event marks the second death of a non-helmeted operator of a similar off-road vehicle this summer in Grayson County.
Clemons called the deaths “heartbreaking,” and said that while these types of accidents are “not completely uncommon, they are still very shocking.”
“We ask that people who venture out on these please always use extreme caution and safety,” Clemons said.
The death investigation is still underway and is being lead by Deputy Buck Meredith, with the GCSO.