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13-year-old boy killed in Loxahatchee dirt bike crash

14-year-old passenger suffers serious injuries
Posted at 8:57 AM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 18:40:12-05

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said a 13-year-old boy from Loxahatchee died Sunday afternoon in a dirt bike crash with another vehicle.

The crash happened at 1:41 p.m. on West Sycamore Drive and 185th Trail North in Loxahatchee, where a memorial is now growing.

"One minute I'm just thinking, Carter is just going to come walking in. But it's not gonna happen," said Nicholas Kerr, whose son Carter died in the wreck.

PBSO said Carter Kerr was illegally riding a 2018 Honda dirt bike on the southern sidewalk of Sycamore Drive approaching the intersection with 185th Trail North.

At the same time, the driver of a 2017 Ford Expedition had stopped for a stop sign at 185th Trail North, located south of Sycamore Drive.

The driver of the Expedition pulled forward to check for approaching traffic. That’s when PBSO said Kerr drove off the sidewalk and onto 185th Trail, and into the right front of the Expedition.

As the crash ensued, Kerr and a passenger, 14-year-old Trevor Lake of Loxahatchee, were both ejected from the bike.

PBSO said Kerr died of his injuries at the scene. Lake was transported to a local hospital and was treated for serious injuries that were described as not life threatening.

The driver of the Expedition suffered minor injuries.

Family members told WPTV on Monday that Kerr loved to play soccer, football, and baseball.

He lived with his father and stepmom. His biological mother, who lives in Pittsburgh, flew down to Florida as soon as she got the heartbreaking news, according to family members.

The Palm Beach County School District confirmed that Kerr went to Osceola Creek Middle School in Loxahatchee, and said grief counselors were on hand Monday.