High Winds Cause Death Of 10-Year-Old-Boy

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Eric Wilson was mowing his lawn when friends and neighbors say a gust of wind knocked down a tree branch, killing the 10-year-old boy.

It happened Sunday afternoon in Simpsonville. That's in Shelby County.

His neighbors say he was working quickly to finish the job so he could go over to a friends house for a sleepover.

And they still can't get over the fact that he just happened to be under a tree when a large gust blew through the area.

His friends will remember how polite and respectful he was, almost saying he was like a little man, but at the same time enjoyed just being a kid.

He loved all sports and had a bright future.

Now, the community is mourning this tragic loss. The family is working on the funeral arrangements.

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  • by Patricia Location: adair on Sep 18, 2008 at 08:46 AM
    I just wanted to say that I am very sorrowful for the family of the 10 year old boy who lost his life. May God be with all the family and friends.
  • by Renea Location: Williamsburg on Sep 17, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    God bless your family. No words can express such sympathy.
  • by hollie on Sep 17, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    my thoughts and prayers are with the family also. and just for the record, i do not think 10 is too young to use a lawn mower.
  • by Eastern Ky. Mom Location: Eastern Ky. on Sep 17, 2008 at 10:20 AM
    Ok, leave the family alone! There is nothing wrong with a 10 year old using a mower if they are taught! Sounds like this childs parents were teaching him values and hard work pays off! A sleep over on Sunday night there is nothing wrong with that sounds like to me he was earning it. Yes, the winds were bad and everyone needed to be monitoring but it didn't keep us inside all day. There were lulls and you could get out for a bit. This is a tragedy for this family. My prayers are with you during this time. May God Bless You.
  • by ML Location: Floyd CO. on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    I am so sorry to hear of this tragic event, Erics family are in my thoughts and prayers. He may have wanted to get the lawn done so he wouldn't have to cut his sleepover short and do the lawn then, but I do wonder why this was on Sunday, who lets their child have a sleepover on a Sunday night? My very mature son is eleven going on 20, but I won't let him use a lawn mower. God Bless You All.
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Sep 16, 2008 at 10:34 AM
    If you question as to why a 10 year old was outside mowing the lawn in the bad weather, there is a possibility it won't happen again. If you remain quiet about it; history can and will repeat itself.
  • by Sharon Location: McCreary on Sep 16, 2008 at 10:30 AM
    I hate to hear stuff like this. God bless the family. The little boy is in heaven, no doubt. I didn't know him but he sounds like a special little guy.
  • by KS Location: stanton on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    The poor little boy! I feel so sorry for his family! Our thoughts and prayers go out to them!
  • by Here Location: Kentucky on Sep 16, 2008 at 06:32 AM
    I don't think that now is the time to judge whether a parent was doing the right thing or not by allowing their child to work outside.
  • by Cheryl Location: Parkers Lake on Sep 16, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    Let's not judge the circumstances surrounding the incident. I'm sure his parents are hurting enough. They're certainly in my prayers. What a precious loss. My heart hurts for them all.
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