Boy, 12, dies in go-kart accident

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – The first day of Spring break turns deadly for a 12-year-old East Texas boy.

Investigators in Harrison County say 12-year-old Ethan Moore died in a go-kart wreck on CR 4102 outside of Marshall.

Moore was killed instantly after he reportedly drove the go-kart into the path of an oncoming car.

As of Tuesday night, Ethan's 7-year-old cousin, Gunner Moore, who was also riding the go-kart, is in critical condition at a Shreveport hospital.

Family members gathered at the scene of the accident to remember Ethan.

Ethan's cousin, Brooke Randolph, says he and Gunner spent many days playing near this road.

"I just felt like if I got to see where it happened, it would help me, but it's hard because I miss him," says Brooke.

Ethan was driving his brand new go-kart with his cousin down a dirt road. Ethan's uncle, Samuel Thompson, says it was a joy ride gone terribly wrong.

"They came out of that driveway there, and you can see how the grass is kind of tall," says Thompson.

Somehow the cousins turned into the path of an oncoming car, killing Ethan instantly, and putting Gunner in the hospital.

"He's got a breathing tube and we're just asking for prayers," Thompson commented.

At the point of impact, Ethan's go-kart got tangled underneath the car and was pushed for several yards down Harrington Road. It eventually landed in a ditch. As devastating as the scene is, the family has no hatred towards the driver.

"She didn't see them coming, and she's really tore up about this day, too. And we've talked to her. We understand that this was an accident," Thompson expressed.

An accident, Brooke says is hard to comprehend.

"He was my best friend," Brooke exclaimed.

Saying goodbye is even more difficult.

Brooke holds onto a piece of Ethan's go-kart as a way to never forget, "I'm going to keep it forever."

"Sorely missed. He's going to be sorely missed. Missed a lot," says Thompson

Not ready to let go, the family holds on to each other, hoping to find strength.

The family says Ethan's funeral will likely be Thursday at Downe's Funeral Home in Longview.

The exact time has not been set.

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