Teen Is Killed In ATV Accident

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Two separate ATV accidents kill a man and a teenager just hours apart, and leave another young person fighting for his life.

51-year-old David Stephens died last night after his ATV flipped over in Magoffin County.

In Knott County, two ATVs hit each other head-on.

The Knott County School District is remembering 16-year-old Brandon Slone.

Students at Knott County Central will soon be signing friends' yearbooks before they're free from school for the summer.

On Monday, the signing frenzy was for the family of sophomore Brandon Slone full of messages they won't get to put in his yearbook.

“He was such a cut-up, just a prankster, and that's what they remember,” Sally Brashear said.

Though he was always good for a laugh, teachers say the 16-year-old still took school seriously.

They say he loved his carpentry classes, and looked forward to a future in auto-mechanics.

Brandon had been taking classes at home while recovering from a car accident in March.

Police say he tried a dangerous stunt that sent his ATV crashing head-on into the one driven by his 17-year-old friend.

Brandon was just two weeks from his 17th birthday a reminder to students how suddenly life can be cut short.

Students hope the messages on these wings help carry Brandon's family through their grief.

School officials tell us the other ATV driver, 17-year-old Chris Gibson, is in critical condition.

Visitation for Brandon Slone will be Tuesday at six at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home in Hindman.

His funeral is scheduled for noon on Thursday at the chapel.


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  • by cheyenne Location: jenkins on Jul 1, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    you will always be remembered brandon; no matter what. brandon was one of my good friends, he was always so funny; he would call out of nowhere & always be so random, i miss him more than ever. r.i.p. brandon slone.
  • by eva Location: mt sterling on May 27, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    a friend of the famliy we are srry for this
  • by ChadConley Location: Hindman on May 8, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    Wow!! one of my very own friends died. This was tuff to attend the funeral. The smile he brought to everyone. And Hot Rod man you were his HERO. Thats all he talked about was watch hot rod ride whellie or watch hot rod climb a Mountain. Everything he done he wanted to be like you. No that he is in a better place and The families should get over it eventually and move on. Man I cant believe this. Brandon Slone RIP your amazing friend and Would give ANYTHING for you to be back. Hot Rod my thoughts and prayers are out to you and your family
  • by April Location: slone on May 8, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    brandon was a very special person to everybody at kcc and will always remain that way and he was like a brother to me and i will never forget all those times he made me laugh I love you and miss you so bad . . . R.I.P Brandon
  • by Scarlet Location: Farris on May 8, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    Brandon, will always be loved && remain in everyone's hearts at KCC for ever....Love you Brandon...
  • by charles Location: knott county on May 7, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    im so sorry for Brandon Slone... i did not know him but some of my friendss'brothers did...he was a good boy
  • by april marlow Location: middlesboro on May 7, 2008 at 11:59 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this young man. Words are never enough when you lose someone you love. I lost my brother in an ATV accident in Feb. and it has been a tradgey to our family. We will keep you al close to our hearts for prayer. May god be with you and your family durning this time.. May god bless you all....
  • by A Friend Location: Kite on May 6, 2008 at 07:40 PM
    I don't beleive ATV's are the reason people are dying, that is just stupid to think. It's what you do on them that gets you hurt, and if they ban ATV's because people die on them why don't we ban Cars, Trucks, Planes, Trains, Bicycles, Mopeds, And well, bridges. People die from many different things, and this was a tragedy. Brandon was my friend, we may nto have been best friend's but I miss him. You don't understand how hard it is to grasp a peer dying as a teenager. I beleive everyone should stop arguing over how dangerous ATVs are, and actual pray for Brandon's family. Some people need to have respect, you have a problem with it, post a reply, or email me. Pray for his family and friends, mourne his loss, and try to teach your children not to make the same mistake, or if you are a teen yourself, think before you act.
  • by Barry Location: floyd county on May 6, 2008 at 07:38 PM
    FOR DOUG!!! Lets not blame it on the t.v. either because its not to blame! Lets put blame where blame is due....on the riders. NO ATV RIDER IS IMMORTAL! Showing off and being stupid usually only ends one way. When people learn to be RESPONSIBLE this might end!
  • by Miss Anonymous Location: Kite on May 6, 2008 at 06:39 PM
    It's extremely sad that it takes the death of a friend of mine and the injury of another to open the eyes of people. I think there should be stricter laws pertaining to ATVs. But, anyway, Brandon was one of the best people I have ever known. He never had a foul word to say about anyone. As long I knew him he always knew what to do to make someone laugh, no matter how down you were. Rest in peace, Brandon. We love you and miss you like crazy!
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