Child Dies During Motorcycle Race

A ten-year-old western Kentucky boy is dead after his motorcycle crashed into a concrete wall during an amateur race.

Ethan Gillim crashed Saturday evening during the second lap of the youth race. It was part of the American Motorcyclist Association Southeast Amateur Nationals at Paducah International Raceway.

McCracken County Deputy Coroner Don Pitt says Ethan died of head, chest and abdominal injuries later that night at a local hospital.

Pitt says the boy apparently lost control as he was entering the turn. He crashed head-on into the retaining wall.

Pitt says Ethan was wearing all the protective gear required of racers, including a helmet, gloves, boots and a leather racing suit with knee and shin pads and a chest plate.

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