8-year-old dies when tractor and SUV collide - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

8-year-old dies when tractor and SUV collide

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

COLQUITT,  GA (WALB) - Students and teachers in Miller county are grieving the loss of a 3rd grader who was killed Tuesday when a tractor and an SUV collided.

The boy's older brother and parents were both injured in the crash.

Wednesday The State Patrol's Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team was back at the scene trying to piece together exactly what happened.

The Patterson family is well-liked and well-known in Miller County. They have a lot of family and friends there who are all shocked by what happened when a quick trip to football practice, took a tragic turn.

It's was a tough day for teachers and students in Miller county who struggled to deal with the tragic loss of 8-year-old Devon Patterson.

"They just have so many questions. And you know you can't answer them. All you can do is think about the good memories you had with him," cried one of Devon's teachers, Cissy Eldridge.

Tuesday just after 5:30 troopers say RJ Williams was driving a John Deere tractor south on Georgia Highway 310.

Troopers say he turned left in front of a Tahoe driven by 31-year old Demetric Patterson. They collided and both spun out of control.

Patterson's 8-year old son Devon was killed, crushed between the front and back seats.  The father and 12-year old Deshon were airlifted to Tallahassee Medical Center. The mother, 31-year old Gracie Patterson suffered only minor injuries.

"It's a small school, everyone knew him, and loved him," said Principal Tina Brooks.

That's why Miller county schools were prepared to deal with the grief.

"I've seen 10-15 kids today and refereed more to some pastors and other people we had set up around the school this morning," said counselor Leslie Godwin.

Some kids were even sent home crying, unable to bear the loss. And even more had questions, everyone asking where their beloved friend is now.

"We talked about how he'll go up to heaven and be one of God's little angels," said Eldridge.

Some witnesses say there may have been a third vehicle involved somehow that the tractor driver was trying to avoid.

Troopers also told said none of the Pattersons had their seatbelts on during the collision.  No charges have been filed yet as the State Patrol continues to investigate.


©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  Feedback
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Murder trial hits a snag when witness won't testify

    Murder trial hits a snag when witness won't testify

    Monday, May 22 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-05-23 01:50:30 GMT
    (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff)(Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff)

    Monday went quickly for jurors in this case.  The judge dismissed them around noon, after one of the eye-witnesses who is behind bars refused to go to the trial.

    More >>

    Monday went quickly for jurors in this case.  The judge dismissed them around noon, after one of the eye-witnesses who is behind bars refused to go to the trial.

    More >>
  • Woman killed in fall from billboard

    Woman killed in fall from billboard

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:22 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:22:17 GMT
    It happened near Loch Laurel Road (Source: Google Maps)It happened near Loch Laurel Road (Source: Google Maps)

    Preliminary investigations revealed the female victim fell from a billboard while conducting routine maintenance, and suffered fatal injury, according to Lowndes County Coroner Austin J. Fiveash.

    More >>

    Preliminary investigations revealed the female victim fell from a billboard while conducting routine maintenance, and suffered fatal injury, according to Lowndes County Coroner Austin J. Fiveash.

    More >>
  • Lowndes Co. Officials warn community after rabies attack

    Lowndes Co. Officials warn community after rabies attack

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:06 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:06:43 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Health officials are urging you to be careful around wildlife and stray animals, after a South Georgia family was attacked by a fox with rabies. This happened last Thursday on Cotton Avenue in Lake Park. A man and his dog were attacked by the fox when they went outside their house. Lowndes County animal service employees said the fox's test came back positive for Rabies. "Once someone really becomes infected with the rabies virus and it develops into the disease.

    More >>

    Health officials are urging you to be careful around wildlife and stray animals, after a South Georgia family was attacked by a fox with rabies. This happened last Thursday on Cotton Avenue in Lake Park. A man and his dog were attacked by the fox when they went outside their house. Lowndes County animal service employees said the fox's test came back positive for Rabies. "Once someone really becomes infected with the rabies virus and it develops into the disease.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly