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9-year-old killed in crash involving pickup and dirt bike

William Whitt Goff and two friends were riding dirt bikes on Elkin Station Road around 7:30 Friday night. At the same time, a pickup truck hauling a lawn mower was approaching.

The driver lost control of the truck in an attempt to miss the children and slammed into Goff's dirt bike, killing him.

Some neighbors were returning from a trip to town and were horrified when they came across the crash scene.

"It was just one of those feelings where you just knew something bad was going on," said Lindsay Polley

Lindsey and her friend immediately tried to see what they could do to help.

"I tried to call 911, but I couldn't get any service," Polley said. "We just tried to get cars to stop so they wouldn't go down the hill."

Lindsey says others had pulled up on the other side of the wreck and were frantically trying to help William until emergency workers got there. Lindsey says the boy's death will take a large toll on the community.

"It's going to be really heartbreaking to cope with it and be there for the family that lost a child," Polley said. "It's such a small road and everyone knows everyone and we try to look out for each other. It's just hard because it's just one big family."

Neighbors say William was a student at Providence Elementary. Officials there say grief counselors will be on hand Monday.

Kentucky State Police say they do not suspect alcohol was a factor. They believe Goff was wearing a helmet.


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