Whitmire boy riding bike dies after accident with tractor-traile - FOX Carolina 21

Whitmire boy riding bike dies after accident with tractor-trailer

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NEWBERRY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A 9-year-old Whitmire boy died Monday night after he ran into a tractor-trailer while riding his bike in Newberry County, according to troopers.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the accident happened along Church Street just after 6:30 p.m.

The 18-wheeler was headed west on Church Street when the boy, who was riding his bike from a private driveway, collided with the truck, troopers said.

Troopers said the boy was flown to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, where he passed away. They said he was not wearing a helmet.

Newberry County Coroner Craig Newtown identified the boy as Bennett Dalton.

"This is truly a tragic loss for this family and community. Our prayers are with Bennetts' loved ones and friends during this very difficult time," said Newton.

The accident remains under investigation by troopers, Whitmire City Police, Newberry County Sheriff's Office and the Newberry Coroners Office.

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