Five-year-old killed in ATV accident

By: - August 4, 2005 5:18 am

Greensboro News & Record

By Eric J.S. Townsend
Staff Writer

Posted 11:30 a.m.
Updated 1:45 p.m.

GREENSBORO — A 5-year-old boy is dead from injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident mid evening Tuesday, authorities said.

T.J. Hooker died at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, where the youth was taken following an 8 p.m. accident that also injured his father and sister near Northwest Guilford High School.

An ATV operated by Timothy Hooker, of 5345 Northwest School Road, was traveling no more than 5 mph along a dirt path when it struck a rock, officials said.

The rock caused the ATV to flip. Hooker and his daughter were taken to Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. Their conditions were not immediately available.

It was also not clear Wednesday morning whether the three victims were wearing helmets or other protective gear.

T.J. Hooker’s death comes less than a week after lawmakers in North Carolina’s House of Representatives passed legislation prohibiting kids under the age of 8 from riding ATVs, though proposed rules apply only to future riders.

Difference between separate House and state Senate versions of the bill must be negotiated before Gov. Mike Easley considers signing the bill into law.

Contact Eric J.S. Townsend at 373-7008 or [email protected]

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