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Child dies on festival hay ride

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Child dies on festival hay ride

WOOLMARKET — A 12-year-old boy, injured at a church festival tonight, has died. Timothy Kirby, the son of Rev. Edwin Kirby, pastor of First United Methodist Church, died from blunt force trauma to the head, said Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Timothy and some other children were jumping on and off a hay ride and “got tangled in the wheels on the trailer,” Hargrove said.

The accident occurred about 7:50 p.m. He was treated at the scene and taken to Biloxi Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m.

The church is located on Mississippi 67 North.

Read more about it in tomorrow’s Sun Herald.

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  • Posted On: August 2, 2010 by Jeffrey M. Reiff
    Tragic Hay Ride Amusement Death Spotlights Minimal Laws and Regulations Concerning Safety and Regard For Life

    This was posted August 2, 2010 over 2 months ago...

    We were Featured !!! and yet they keep sweeping this critical issue under the rug. When will they start to listen and implement our suggestions? We are ready to help!

    and this...
    Hayride death spotlights lack of safety laws
    woman died after hayride crash
    By Katie Saltz -

    JULY 7, 2010

    An accident happens when no warning or prior accidents of similar events happened. We have been sounding the alarm that we can prevent!!

    Here is an e mail why does she get the message?

    Mr. Melancon:

    You may be the best informed person on trailer accidents I have ever seen. I am trying to compile statistics about parade related deaths and hoped you might be able to help. My interest is more in the direction of preventing people from throwing candy, as we have had several near misses. I am the head of our Christmas Parade Committee and would like to have the information to provide to our local media. Do you have statistics on parade related deaths and/or serious injury, from candy, trailer/loat mishaps, or anything else that you could provide to me? Any help would be much appreciated and credited on our little blog (
  • Valhalla2 24 minutes ago
    God's will?
  • thepinkfaerie13 50 minutes ago
    My prayers are with the family and friends, this is just so sad :(
  • Look at this...

    and this.

    The family of Jacob George, a nine-year-old who was severely injured when he fell from a Halloween hayride two years ago, got a boost in both funding and morale on Sunday when the little boy was the beneficiary of a Home Run Derby last weekend.

    Please know that every one of these accidents were completely preventable! This critical issue and the total lack of any government action is simply mind numbing!

    It simply is heart breaking to know that yet another "Preventable" hayride accident will happen or more in the coming weeks and we have the knowledge and Suggestions to prevent and this is totally unacceptable.

    Where else do you suggest how we might get our message out? Nobody in Government seems to care.
  • 996699 1 hour ago
    Confused.....I am not using this as a soapbox....keep in mind...Halloween is next week!! and while this is a tragic accident we might prevent another tragic accident in the coming weeks!!! We are not trying to regulate everything.....we are asking for a simple set of rules when you use a Hayride!!!!!
    If we keep sweeping this critical issue under the rug....when will the time come to help find ways to reduce and prevent injuries? When the next child looses his or her life?

    Believe me...I morn every time I have to report this type of accident!!!! I grieve also!!!! I stay up at night asking why!!

    I have been asked to help by other Hayride organizations and parade float organizations and have made a difference and none that have asked for my suggestions has had any injuries or loss of life!!

    Look....I have been self funded....and in no way have gained financially for my fact I may loose everything I have because I have been addressing this for 8 years!!

    Are you going to call this mom insensitive also? She said this back in September of this year...

    See this quote from my State Senator!!!!
    We were honored to have a letter of nomination see full letter here:
    Quote " Ron contacted insurance companies, trailer companies and the
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and received no assistance.
    He decided to "go it alone", distributing flyers, which he printed himself, talking
    to state and federal political representatives, letters to newspapers, researching
    trailer safety and accidents, establishing a web site."

    This just happened In Georgia...
    Hayride Accident in Douglas Injures 27 People,
    By Associated Press Writer | (AP)
    Published: October 18, 2010

    In closing....we don't accept the continued loss of life due to this!!!! Prove us wrong..if you can't then why should someone else get hurt or loose their lives...this coming week!!!

    We do not accept knowing that we can prevent another family from this! This is preventable.
  • SteveSchlicht 2 hours ago
    There are venues to mourn, there are venues to inform and there are venues where all views can be explored in the open marketplace of ideas.

    An online Sun Herald discussion forum should be considered the latter as it is neither the funeral home nor the capitol building.

    The facts and circumstances as reported seem to support a need for social activism and examination as offered by 996699.

    Just as many other tragic circumstances have ultimately brought about beneficial change (Amber Alerts, etc), I think that we can show our most sincere condolences to the Kirby family while also expend some energy looking for ways to prevent such tragedies from happening to anyone else.

    "Not, how did he die, but how did he live
    Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?

    These are the units to measure the worth
    Of each human child from the moment of birth.

    Nor what was his church, nor what was his creed
    But had he befriended those really in need?

    Was he ever ready, with words of good cheer,
    To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

    Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
    But how many did love him when he passed away?"

    Our deepest sympathies to all of the friends and family of Timothy Kirby.
  • I am amazed that people want to regulate everything yet they also say they don't want the government in their business. They complain about big government yet they want "Big Brother" to look after them. Make up your minds. We have been having hayrides for hundreds of years without incident, this is a tragic accident that no amount of regulation could have prevented. We have been having parades for years without incidents. It just seems as though those who cry "we must regulate " are the same ones who want to less govenrment intervention into their private life.
    I am done,
  • confused 2 hours ago
    Could you possibly be a little more insensetive!!!!! How dare you use the death of this young man for your personal agenda and soapbox.. Let this family and their extended family grieve without your meddling. If you want a law changed go see Gene Taylor not espouse your foolishness in this manner. The family is hurting and you want to heap more stuff on top of them. Shame on you!!!!!!!
  • 996699 3 hours ago

    We are simply heartbroken once again. This the 5 loss of life and over 10 serious injury in just two months. The lack of action is totally unacceptable. Why does this family need to be going through this?

    Please,,,,Please,.... on July 12, 2010 of this year and for the past 5 years we have been warning of the injuries and loss of lives due to Hayride trailers and Parade Float trailers. Please note that has documented and documented accidents from "Passenger Cars That tow Trailers"

    This loss of life was totally preventable if we simply had a NATIONWIDE SET of safety instructions and rules. We don't think Utility Trailers should be used in this manner.

    Note that this week Graco recalls 1.5 Baby Cribs due to 7 baby injuries in 5 years...but we have 5 deaths from September and October and NOTHING IS DONE!!! Wake Up. How many lives need to be lost due to this unregulated and no national standard!!

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