Members of the Hamburg community are mourning the death of a teenager who died in a single-vehicle ATV crash in Milo on Sunday afternoon.
While the Arkansas State Police have withheld the victim’s name because of his age as a minor, community members have since identified him as J.T. Peters, 13, of Hamburg.
Peters’ obituary remembered him as someone who enjoyed playing video games and riding four-wheelers. He also enjoyed other outdoors activities such as hunting, fishing and archery, and he had a dream of one day joining the Milo Volunteer Fire Department and serving the community as a firefighter. He attended Eden Baptist Church.
Peters was a student at Hamburg High School, where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America.
“We are deeply saddened and heart broken that a 9th grade student of ours was in a tragic accident this afternoon,” Superintendent of Schools Tracy Streeter posted on social media Sunday afternoon. “We will address the needs of support and grief that any staff and/or student may have in regards to this loss. On behalf of Hamburg School District, we send our condolences. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Arkansas State Police’s initial fatal crash report said that Peters was riding a 1990 Honda Foreman traveling westbound on State Highway 189 near the intersection with Ashley 495 at the time of the crash.
“(Vehicle) appears to have had some sort of mechanical issues and began overturning end over end,” the report says. “(The) driver was thrown from (the) vehicle.”
The Honda Foreman landed in the westbound lane of traffic after the driver left it, the report said.
Trooper Ross Allen prepared the state police report after responding at 1:28 p.m., Sept. 12. The road conditions were reportedly dry and the weather was clear.
Community members have helped organize a memorial balloon release for Peters, raising $700 of a $600 goal online in approximately 19 hours. The fundraiser can be found at bit.ly/2Z04fE9.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the First Baptist Church of Hamburg. Burial will follow in the Zion Cemetery.