Evans accident kills teen, injures brother

Staff Photo by Jim Blaylock
At the scene of a crash between a pickup and a go-kart on Hardy McManus Road.
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:16 PM
Last updated Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 1:41 AM
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An Evans teenager died Thursday after he was struck by a pickup and pinned under the vehicle, authorities said.

Kenneth Gill, 58, of North Augusta, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide.  SPECIAL
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Kenneth Gill, 58, of North Augusta, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide.


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

Kenneth Gill, 58, of North Augusta, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide.

Tyler and his 6-year-old brother, Jonathan, were hit by Gill’s east-bound Dodge pickup just after 11 a.m. The boys were on the shoulder of the 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.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Gill was distracted when he went off the road.

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 he said it did not appear to be serious.

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

He said the crash is 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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LLArms
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LLArms 10/10/13 - 11:40 am
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Thank you for that detailed

Thank you for that detailed two line news report.

csrareader
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csrareader 10/10/13 - 11:44 am
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LL, you do realize that early

LL,
you do realize that early reports on accidents are often limited due to scarcity of information released by law enforcement and/or medical responders, right?

David Parker
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David Parker 10/10/13 - 11:54 am
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looks like it's filling out

looks like it's filling out now. Hope the kid makes it.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 10/10/13 - 12:36 pm
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The word under the photograph..

A woman whose son suffered minor injuries in a crach... Did you mean 'crash'?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 10/10/13 - 12:43 pm
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@Farmboy

I just sent an email to Steve Crawford with the correction. I hope he appreciates it. Barry, the former publisher, used to be receptive.

Watermedic
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Watermedic 10/10/13 - 01:03 pm
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Go cart crash??

How is it a go cart crash if the truck left the roadway and ran over them?

sassylassie
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sassylassie 10/10/13 - 01:08 pm
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11:00 on a

11:00 on a Thursday......isn't it a school day?
I'm just wondering about the younger child ....
I hope they are both OK, though. Scary situation on all sides.

ergsweetone4u
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ergsweetone4u 10/10/13 - 01:09 pm
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Heartbreaking...

It's definitely heartbreaking to read this. However, the article says a teen and a younger boy were involved in the accident. My concern is this...if one was a teen, and the others age was not mentioned, we know at least one of them should have been in school, and not riding in a go-kart, no?

Prayers to those involved and their families, too!

crossyourarms
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crossyourarms 10/10/13 - 01:17 pm
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Why weren't they in school?

Why weren't they in school?

NrthAugustaSam
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NrthAugustaSam 10/10/13 - 01:40 pm
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Why lay blame?

Maybe they are home schooled and out for the rest of the day. Maybe they go to a private school that got out early. Maybe they are visiting from out of town. People get real! Quit worrying about why this was their fault and show your literacy and re-read the report. They were not even in the road! The truck left the roadway and struck them. If I see you on the side of the road, should I wonder why you are not at work? Why aren't you at home mowing your yard or washing your car or painting your house?

arwest21
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arwest21 10/10/13 - 01:43 pm
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Prayer

Prayers need to be said for everyone involved!

sassylassie
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sassylassie 10/10/13 - 01:52 pm
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NRTHAUGUSTASAM- We know it is

NRTHAUGUSTASAM-
We know it is not the child or teenager 's fault. I don't think any of us are saying that at all.
Knowing there was a younger child who wasn't at school, I think some of us are concerned about supervision (if the teenager was 15 or the teenager was 19?). Think about it. Visiting? Maybe. Unsupervised? Maybe.
It's tragic, that's for sure. Prayers to all involved, especially the child's mother.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/10/13 - 01:54 pm
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Sad

We will hope & pray for the best for these kids...

corgimom
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corgimom 10/10/13 - 02:35 pm
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All of those go-karts are

All of those go-karts are extremely dangerous, they slide under the chassis of a car. I've never understood why anybody would buy one for their child and then allow them near a road.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 10/10/13 - 02:35 pm
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They were both homeschooled...

...ironically...sadly...the deceased young man was just pulled out of school last week so he could be home schooled.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 10/10/13 - 02:36 pm
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"Distracted driving" read,

"Distracted driving" read, "texting" or "on the phone."

corgimom
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corgimom 10/10/13 - 02:38 pm
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But why is it reported

But why is it reported elsewhere that Gill is charged with 2nd degree homicide? Which is correct?

blues550
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blues550 10/10/13 - 02:49 pm
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Amazing
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How ridiculous can your comments be and to the idiot who released the names of the kids shame on you. Not you job.

All of you need to get your facts straight before heading off on a tangent.

blues550
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blues550 10/10/13 - 02:49 pm
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Amazing
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How ridiculous can your comments be and to the idiot who released the names of the kids shame on you. Not you job.

All of you need to get your facts straight before heading off on a tangent.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 10/10/13 - 02:50 pm
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Ooo Ooo Im first!

Why would you release a name when an OFFICIAL has not released a name yet?!?

PRAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so sorry for your loss

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 10/10/13 - 02:51 pm
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Victim's name.

We have been asked by the coroner not to release the name of the child until certain family members have been notified. We will post it as soon as possible - probably around 5pm. Please don't post his name here if you know it.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 10/10/13 - 02:52 pm
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Did the truck hit them on

Did the truck hit them on purpose?

Yea yea, I know what is written above, but...

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/10/13 - 03:05 pm
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God bless
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the young man's soul and bless his family.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 10/10/13 - 03:08 pm
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For those wondering why "incomplete" stories are put out...

...folks want to know WHY a helicopter landed in their neighborhood in the middle of the day. Perfectly understandable.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/10/13 - 03:19 pm
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Whatever the circumstances,

Whatever the circumstances, my prayers are with the family. I can not even begin to imagine loosing a child.

Prayers needed for Mr. Gill and his family also. However unintentional this may have been, to live with this, has got to be horrible.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/10/13 - 03:54 pm
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Sympathy for the loss. But a major CC golf cart tragedy is in
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making. CC refuses to police underage juveniles driving in the streets and roadways. No sounds. Not street legal. Elementary school children. Children whose parents buy electric babysitters. They will cry foul when this tragedy happens because they are not responsible adults.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/10/13 - 03:55 pm
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Don't play in the street has fallen victim to no parenting skill
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Don't play in the street has fallen victim to no parenting skill

jpowell1973
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jpowell1973 10/10/13 - 04:12 pm
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Prayers

Prayers to everyone involved.

mypointofview
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mypointofview 10/10/13 - 07:00 pm
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Unsupervised??? Read it. It

Unsupervised??? Read it. It says Tyler's mother waved down passersby. Why does everyone have to jump to conclusions. And regardless of whether you think go karts are dangerous. He did not run out in front of the truck.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/10/13 - 07:34 pm
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TD you've taken a new low.

TD you've taken a new low. To find it necessary to thumbs down my comment about prayers needed for the family shows a new low for you. All I can say is you have a serious character defect......

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