A 13-year-old boy died Wednesday afternoon after he was ejected from the motorcycle he was riding, less than a half a mile from his home in Douglasville. And the death of a motorcyclist his age is rare, according to the most recent state statistics.
The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash to determine why the boy lost control. Still, based on the tire marks, the debris and the final rest of the boy and the bike, investigators said they were able to determine what happened.
They said the crash happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. when the boy was riding the red Honda motorcycle north on Yeager Road, just south of Dorsett Shoals Road.
The bike struck a curb, left the right side of roadway and struck a galvanized post, GSP’s spokesperson Tracey Watson said. The vehicle overturned, ejecting the teenager, Watson said.
Tre Lovell Shelton, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to the hospital where he died a short time later, troopers said. And according to state statistics the death of a motorcyclist his age is rare. So rare, that the state does not keep track of motorcyclists of his age, instead listing fatalities for those under the age of 20.
In 2011, the most recent statistics available, only three motorcyclists under the age of 20 died in Georgia, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. That same year 146 motorcyclists 20-years-old and older died on Georgia roads, the organization reported. The most deaths were for those between the ages of 40 and 49, the records show.
Investigators have not said where Tre was heading when he crashed.