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
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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Dixieman 10/11/13 - 04:54 am
My guess

Texting on cell phone.

luvmykitty 10/11/13 - 06:20 am
the boys were home schooled

the boys were home schooled according to the (tv) news. really sad,everyday people are being distracted while driving.

internationallyunknown 10/11/13 - 09:56 am
Hit the kids on purpose???

Is that a smirk on his face?

This old guy surely was not texting! C'mon people!

internationallyunknown 10/11/13 - 09:58 am
If he did run over the children on purpose...

...social, subliminal mind conditioning at its (worst) best.

cherylevrard 10/11/13 - 12:57 pm
Mr. Gill.....Driver of Truck

I have a problem with this man's expression. Before I saw his 'mug shot', I kind of agreed with the Mother Of victim Tyler....that it was an 'accident'. That anyone could go off the road for a second. As long as he was alcohol and drug free....it was an accident. But then I look at that smirk on his face in his mug shot, and it makes me want to slap it right off of him. Is this an OLD mug shot...and if so........WHY??? I would think not. If this is so funny for him....he needs to go to prison. He won't be smiling then will he. GOD BE WITH YOU ...SMITH FAMILY!!! +++

LBunnies32 10/11/13 - 01:22 pm
The loss of a child.....

I lost my son in 2003 when he was 16. He was a passenger in the vehicle and the driver was wreck less, causing he accident. The driver listed, my son and his friend died. I can tell you that loosing a child is the most horrendous pain possible. There are no words that comfort. My heart goes out to the young mans parents. The pain will never go away. Your heart breaks and is never the same. You will never be the same. I wish comfort, peace and love to the parents! No one understands this pain unless they have experienced it. I would not wish it on my worst enemy!

oldredneckman96 10/11/13 - 07:58 pm
No Accident

There are no accidents, just dumb actions by humans waiting to cause harm. Why were these two playing anywhere near the road? Why do adults let children play on mopeds, go carts, bicycles, golf carts and what else anywhere near a road? You know that they are going to be in the road as sure as they are children. Yes, this man ran off the road, for what reason we may never really know, has any of you never run off the pavement, ever? Fact is, that it will happen, understand that and keep your children away from a road while playing.

Darby 10/12/13 - 12:15 am
"This old guy surely was not texting!

C'mon people!"

You're kidding, right? I'm older that that "old guy" and I text every day(But never behind the wheel). Mostly to my kids and grandkids. What on earth are you thinking...???

I've been into I.T. since the first computers became popular in the '80's. Had to teach myself DOS just to run the darn thing. (No such thing as Windows then.)

Whatever else this guy Gill is, he might just be more computer and I.T. literate than you are.

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