10-Year-Old Dies in ATV Accident

An investigation is underway in Madison County, where a 10-year-old boy has died in an ATV crash.

Officials are still awaiting the results of an autopsy, but the Madison County Coroner says Zachary Moberly most likely died of brunt force trauma to the chest area.

The accident happened near Moore's Grocery Store just off Big Hill Road. The boy was four wheeling with his step-father and another adult male when the ATV stalled out on a steep hill and overturned on top of him.

Zach was a fourth grader at Shannon Johnson Elementary School where grief counselors were on site today.

AP Story

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - Police say a ten-year-old central Kentucky boy has died from injuries he suffered in an all-terrain vehicle crash.

Berea police say Zachary Moberly was riding the ATV last night with his stepfather, Donald Willis, when the vehicle overturned and crushed the boy. The child was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital, where he later died.

Authorities with the coroner's office say that a preliminary investigation shows the boy died of blunt force trauma.

Police say that an investigation is continuing.

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  • by Tiffany Location: Berea on Nov 28, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    I loved that boy , e wuz my best friend , and i kno that its not Erics and Charishes fault , he was just on a 4wheeler to big for him . His parents are really nice , so you cant blame it on them . He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time .
  • by alexis Location: berea on Mar 5, 2008 at 09:49 PM
    FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO BLAME THE PARENTS... please, dont tell me your parents never did something slightly dangerous with you when you were young as a right of passage. when i was 8 i was horseback riding by myself, which is much more dangerous. accidents happen, unfortanatley and unless you have been in that situation, shut your mouth. what about everytime you put your child in a car? are you anticipating a car crash? there are much more children killed in automobile accidents. unless you have a kid that has died, you should mind you own business.
  • by plaidrulez08 Location: ky on Feb 23, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    to DLB: u shouldn't tell her that! i know her and she is a really nice person and it was NOT her fault!
  • by DLB Location: EastKy on Feb 21, 2008 at 12:49 PM
    To lulut: You say "it is not her fault, these things happen". Well they don't happen if you keep your kids off these things. They are not toys people. If you let your kids ride these things you should be locked up for child endangerment. If you let your kids get hurt on these things you should be locked up for child abuse. If you let your child get on one of these things and they die, you should be locked up for murder. Children depend on their parents to use good judgement to keep them safe. For God's sake people wake up and do your job.
  • by lulut Location: Florida on Feb 7, 2008 at 04:54 PM
    I also lost my 7 year old son this year on a 4 wheeler. I want his mother to know that it is not her fault, these things happen and they are accidents. This has been a very hard lesson for me to learn and I am still dealing with it every minute of every day. We do the best we can and that is all we can do. The rest is in Gods hands. Please do not listen to all of the negative comments. They do not know what they are talking about. I will be praying for you. Just know that there are other families going through the same thing you are. You are not alone.
  • by Plaidrulez08 Location: Kentucky on Dec 26, 2007 at 05:45 PM
    I was a friend of Zachery Scott Moberly... He was my boyfriend's best friend! Why did he have to go??? I was crying tonight about it. I loved him as a friend. I went to the visitation and i tried to go to the funeral but i couldn't make it. I was in his same class @ s.j.e. He was a joy to be around and it makes me sad when i here the name of zack. i also get sad when i think about him. may you rest in peace, Zack...
  • by Cherish Location: Berea on Nov 26, 2007 at 05:57 PM
    I would like to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers sent out to myself and my family. I have always hated fourwheelers and the thoughts of my kids riding them. Zack has probably only been on a fourwheeler five times in his life. I didn't want him to go this time but sometimes kids can be persuasive. I will spend the rest of my life regreting my decision to let him go. Zack was my only son and a light in my life has gone out. For all of you that have shown compassion to me and my family throughout this whole ordeal, your prayers are what is getting me through. For all who have posted negative comments I do understand where your coming from and I will have to live with this lapse in judgement for the rest of my life. I love you Zack and I will miss you forever!!!!
  • by April Location: NC on Nov 24, 2007 at 10:55 AM
    My husband and I lost our 3 1/2 year old son in August, 2007. He was the passenger on a 4 wheeler that was being driven by my father in law. My heart aches for Zach's family and especially his parents. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers. It is such a tragedy. We will miss our baby boys terribly. I am sure that our Kaleb and your Zack will have wonderful fun in heaven until we get there!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    I feel terrible about the loss of such a young person. I wish to express my sincere sympathy to the family. Please it is not your fault and you did everything to show your love for this child. But please lets not be so judgemental of the family in this time of grief. Yes these vehicles can be dangerous, but the vehicle was being operated under adult supervision which is vital part of properly learning. Because there will come a time when young people get to an age that they start doing what they want to do, and may be worse off without earlier training. Who is to say if this was a good idea or bad idea. Horseback riding, football, other sports have their own risks. I would suggest that there is a greater risk of not exposing the child to supervised riding. Too often you hear of a young person with no training going on an unsupervised first time ride on a dare, etc. that results in a tragedy that could have been prevented if the young person actually had supervised experience.
  • by horrified Location: leslie on Nov 18, 2007 at 09:53 PM
    I hate these 4 wheelers, too many kids are getting killed on them! i think they should outlaw them. i have two of them myself and three kids of my own ,and i'm scared to death that something will happen to my kids. i hardly ever let them ride and only in a flat place and we go very slow....


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