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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Courtney Location: Owensboro on May 12, 2007 at 01:09 PM
    You will remain in everyone's heart no matter where you are! Racing will not be the same without you!! I remember you coming in and putting a smie on everyone's faces and I'm sure it will never be the same but best wishes to the gillim and family and Hayden, and Frankie-Lee I hope to see you soon at school!!! All i have to say is rest in peace Ethan
  • by Alec Espos Location: Patterson, Ca on May 9, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    God Speed Ethan....The world is losing a very special person. You will be missed by all.
  • by savanna Location: owensboro on May 9, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    I knew him he was my step cousin i will miss him. RIP little bud
  • by Carlene Location: Letcher County on May 8, 2007 at 09:41 AM
    My prayers go out to the family. It sounds like they took every precaution available,but accidents do happen. Steve:Children play sports.Some are dangerous,some are not.You cannot hold your child back from doing the things they enjoy,even though some danger is involved.My 3 children have rode ATV's, horses and played many school sports. You can give them the needed safety equipment and caution them,but accidents will still happen.
  • by Roger Location: Frankfort on May 8, 2007 at 05:37 AM
    As a parent of a child that races motocross I know that a loss of a racer at any age is awful. These kids build friendships with each oter some as young as four to five years old. I have seen the damage from a parent pushing there child to do things befor there ready. Theres a family feeling at most tracks. When a rider has a good race or learns a new jump there will be a lot of people to encourage him or her. I know a prayer will be said for this childs family this weekend at the track.
  • by lorene Location: clay county on May 8, 2007 at 05:00 AM
    For the Family I Will Be Praying For You. I Lost A Son In A Accident ON A Four Wheeler .
  • by Steve Location: Carlisle on May 8, 2007 at 04:43 AM
    It's awful that this child died. What I can't understand though, is how you can let a 10 year old race motorcycles, or ride a bull, but adults must wear a seatbelt in a car. It doesen't make any sense to me.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Somerset on May 7, 2007 at 07:36 PM
    My prayers are with the family.
  • by ryan Location: hazad ky on May 7, 2007 at 05:00 PM
    im am so sorry for the family loss and all my prayers goes out to all of them

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