Rhode Island Teen Killed in Newberry ATV Accident

NEWBERRY (WLTX) -- A 13-year-old was killed in an ATV accident Wednesday night in Newberry County.

The accident happened around 8:40 PM on a private gravel driveway just off Old Jollystreet Road near Prosperity.

The teen has been identified as Brandon Michael Austin, of South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Newberry County coroner Craig Newton said Austin was driving the ATV when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the side of the road and down an embankment, then overturned, leading Austin to die at the scene.

Newton says Austin was not wearing a helmet or seat belt at the time of the accident. A 12-year-old companion was riding in the passenger seat and was not injured.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.

The Newberry County coroner, SC Highway Patrol, and Newberry Sheriff's Department are investigating.


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