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Teen hit by truck dies

Posted: October 10, 2013 - 3:59pm  |  Updated: October 10, 2013 - 6:30pm
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Kenneth Earl Gill, 59, has been charged with homicide by vehicle in the incident in which his Dodge pickup left the road and struck Tyler J. Smith, 14, while he was riding a go-kart on the shoulder of Hardy McManus Road on Thursday.
Kenneth Earl Gill, 59, has been charged with homicide by vehicle in the incident in which his Dodge pickup left the road and struck Tyler J. Smith, 14, while he was riding a go-kart on the shoulder of Hardy McManus Road on Thursday.

 

An Evans teenager died Thursday after he was struck by a pickup truck and pinned under the vehicle, authorities said.

Tyler J. Smith, 14, was airlifted to the Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:16, according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

Kenneth Earl Gill, 59, of North Augusta, was charged with first degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and driver to exercise due care, proper use of radios and mobile telephones. He's being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $13,300 bond, according to jail records.

Tyler and his 6-year-old brother, Jonathan, were hit by Gill’s east-bound white Dodge pickup truck just after 11 a.m. while on the shoulder of 4500 block of Hardy McManus Road. Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Sharif Chochol said it appeared Tyler was sitting on a Go-kart and his brother was standing nearby when the truck veered onto the shoulder and plowed into the Go-kart before coming to a rest at the base of a steep embankment across from Woodruff Way.

“Distracted, (Gill) left the roadway,” Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Morris said.

Scott Stephens said he and his wife arrived on the scene just after the accident occurred. He said Tyler's mother waved him down, so he pulled over.

Stephens said when he got to the truck he saw Tyler was pinned beneath one of the truck’s rear wheels. He said several people quickly came to the boy’s aid.

“We just jumped in and pulled the truck off of him and started CPR,” Stephens said.

Chochol said he wasn’t sure how badly Tyler's brother was injured, although it did not appear to be serious.

“We think the truck just scraped him, we’re not sure,’ he said.

He said the crash was under investigation.

Collins said an autopsy will be performed on Tyler at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta.

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