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Sheriff: Teen dies after ATV crash in Jefferson Co.

No charges are expected to be filed at this time, the sheriff said.
No charges are expected to be filed at this time, the sheriff said.
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 3:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2022 at 11:51 AM EDT
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - A teenager died Friday following a crash involving an ATV in Jefferson County, according to a release by the sheriff’s office.

On Wednesday, June 15, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Lakeway Central Fire Department responders and Jefferson County EMS responded to an ATV crash. Upon arrival, Laurabeth Childress, 15, of Jefferson City, was found and given aid, officials said.

The sheriff said that witness statements and an investigation revealed that Childress was a passenger on an ATV being operated by her uncle in an open field. As he was slowing down, the ATV accelerated, causing him to swerve to miss a parked cattle trailer, according to officials.

Childress was thrown from the ATV and hit the trailer, the sheriff reported. She was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar and died from her injuries early Friday morning, according to officials.

WVLT News spoke to Sharon Childress, Laurabeth’s mother, who said Laurabeth was loved by her family.

“She was a beautiful inside and out,” she said. “She was always caring for other people. She was shy when it came to meeting or being around strangers, but she was fun-loving, caring and enjoyed life, music and laughter when it came to her. She will be forever missed, forever loved and forever admired for the donations of life to others.”

No charges were expected to be filed at this time, the sheriff said.

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