Deadly Accident on Center and 5th

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

A Bowling Green, Ky., family is mourning the sudden loss of their 13-year-old after he was run over by a tractor trailer the morning of May 18, 2007.

Carl McCutchen was a seventh grader at Bowling Green Junior High.
The Warren County Coroner said the teen was killed on 5th and Center Streets downtown after he was run-over by a tractor trailer truck.

The driver of the big rig said he didn't know he ran over a boy until his trucking company called and told him to head back to Bowling Green.

Although he declined to comment on camera we spoke to the driver who was visibly upset and told us he willingly gave a blood test.

Witnesses said McCutchen tried to jump on the back of a big rig. They say he missed and the next thing witnesses saw was his lifeless body in the middle of the street.

Christy Blythe from Mary's Home Cooking ran to help him, but it was too late.

"I had to turn and come back up here. I have six of my own and seeing that little boy lay there was just too much," Blythe explained.

Witnesses fear there will be more accidents because of a new teen hang out.

Marty Eubanks knows a couple boys who saw it all.

"... Couple little boys witnessed it. They said he jumped on the back of the truck you know. Just jerking around a little bit," Eubanks explained.

"They said he was purely on foot and he was just trying to jump on the back of a truck. He made a bad decision - he was just being a kid," said Jason Anthony, who knew McCutchen from hanging around the neighborhood.

Blythe said being a kid is just the problem and the skatepark is attracting more kids and hardly any adults.

"Too many people bring their kids and drop them off. There's no supervision - there's no nothing," Blythe said.

Although the accident did happen on 5th and Center, skaters we spoke to say this fatal accident should NOT be associated with the skatepark.

Anthony said it's tragic.

"It seems like everyone is turning it into the old skatepark mess. He lost his life," Anthony explained.

But Blythe said somebody needs to be supervising.

"... Like right now. They just come across. They don't pay attention. They just go. See? He's not even looking!" Blythe exclaimed as two teens run across the road, very near the sight of the accident.

Parents like Eubanks say the accident should set an example of kids being aware of their surroundings - not shedding negative light on the skatepark.

"It's just a tragedy. We need to lift him up in prayer - that's for sure," Eubanks said.

Carl McCutchen's funeral arrangements are underway at Burnam and Son Mortuary.

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