Smithville teen dies in ATV accident

county_monroe_greenMonroe Journal

SMITHVILLE – An ATV accident claimed the life of a Smithville teenager Sunday night.

Clay Lee Thompson, 16, was driving an Arctic Cat four-wheeler going west on Pearce Chapel Road when he lost control and ran into the woods and down an embankment on Pearce Chapel Road. According to Alan Gurley, Monroe County Coroner, the accident occurred sometime around 9 p.m., one mile west of the Alabama state line.

There was another teen on the four-wheeler who went for help. The passenger went to a nearby residence and called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputies were able to locate the wreckage and found the body of Thompson, who died at the scene from a head injury.

  • barney fife

    Maybe if the kid had worn a helmet, we’d not be reading this article.

    • Cletus Snow

      I’m sure the family appreciates your insensitive comments. Next time, keep your bullet in your pocket, Barney. Retard

      • barney fife

        There was no insensitivity in my comment. Helmets save lives when properly utilized.
        There is, however, your final insulting word. When coupled with other samples of your commentary, reveals your ability to be heartless, inconsiderate and thoughtless.
        It is strongly suggested that you attend sensitivity training, Cletus.

        • Cletus Snow

          I happen to know the family, and if it were my child I would wonder why you bothered to comment. Nowhere does it say he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Helmets also fail.
          I am, as you pointed out, very capable of being, shall we say, sharp tongued. But heartless, inconsiderate and thoughtless? Not even close. I leave that to skid marks like you and Harry.
          That’s all for the sensitivity training. You people need to learn, if your comment is out of line, somebody will straighten it back out for you. Remember, keep your bullet in your pocket.

          • unknown

            Barney loves to troll any crash related story, questioning whether they had seatbelts on, etc. Always blaming the victim of an accident, always assuming they didn’t have their seatbelt or helmet on, sometimes wanted charges to be pressed against someone who might have not had their seatbelt on. I had a family member killed in a crash and he posted the same crap.

          • Cletus Snow

            I’m sorry to hear of your loss. It shouldn’t matter how someone dies, they are someone’s loved one, and I was raised to be respectful of that fact. Barney is indeed a troll. Needs to crawl back under the rock he came from.

          • barney fife

            Awwww … am I stepping on toes?
            Since when is raising the issue of individual responsibility and safety problematic?

          • barney fife

            Sometimes the reality of a situation just sux, doesn’t it?
            Operator error is what causes most mishaps. Distractions & intoxication being the leading causes. Not utilizing available safety equipment is just plain stupid.

  • harryblah

    yea and? why should we care.

    • Cletus Snow

      Your mother didn’t hold you underwater long enough… Poor excuse for a human.

  • barney fife

    Motor vehicle accidents in 2010 cost $871 billion.
    That is nearly 2% of the United States GDP. (Gross Domestic Product)

    —Alcohol-related driving accounted for $199 billion, or 23 percent.

    —Crashes involving a speeding vehicle accounted for $210 billion, or 24 percent.

    —Distracted driving accounted for $129 billion, or 15 percent.

    —Preventable fatalities and injuries attributable to occupants who weren’t wearing their seatbelts accounted for $72 billion, or 8 percent.

    The study examined the economic toll of car and truck crashes in 2010, when 32,999 people were killed, 3.9 million injured and 24 million vehicles damaged. Those deaths and injuries were similar to other recent years.

    Of the total price tag, $277 billion was attributed to economic costs — nearly $900 for every person living in the U.S. that year. Harm from loss of life, pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries was pegged at $594 billion