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Youth killed in ATV accident

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Dylan Chase Thurman has family in Shelby

By Lisa King

Police have ruled an all-terrain vehicle crash in which an 11-year-old Henry County boy died Thursday to be an accident.

Dylan Chase Thurman of Eminence, whose mother and other family members live in Shelby County, was killed after the four-wheeler he was driving wrecked on his family’s farm, Kentucky State Police Detective Tim Moore said.

“He was operating it by himself, and he was ejected,” Moore said.

A release from Moore’s office said dispatchers got a 911 call at 5:30 p.m. after family members found Thurman. He would not elaborate on the details of the accident, saying it was still an open investigation although he is certain that it was an accident.

Henry County Coroner Jimmy Pollard pronounced Thurman dead at the scene.

Moore, who is leading the investigation into the death, said that he is not aware of any laws that specify what age you must be to drive an ATV on private land.

“Statutes are very vague about the use of ATVs on private property,” he said.

Thurman recently graduated from the fifth grade at New Castle Elementary School and attended Point Pleasant Christian Church.

He was the son of Malinda Thurman of Shelbyville and Jeremy Thurman of Eminence. Other family members include a brother, Jordan Bright of Shelbyville and grandparents Tom and Tami Thurman, Sandy and Mike Appleman and Harry and Patricia Lyons, all of Eminence, and Alice Peyton of Shelbyville.