Sheriff's Deputy Killed In Second ATV Accident In A Week

For the second time in a week a ATV ride has turned deadly.

On Sunday the victim was an off-duty Pearl River County sheriff's deputy.

Officials say 24- year-old Patrick Anderson was killed around midnight while riding in a wooded area the county.

His squad car sat in parking lot on Sunday but never again will deputy Patrick Anderson patrol the roads of Pearl River County.

Earlier in the day friends and coworkers got the news he was dead.

"A lot of the employees are having a hard time coming to grips with this," said Sheriff Joe Stuart. "They're just kind of leaning on one another right now."

Deputies say Anderson was riding an ATV through the woods when he lost control.

They believe he hit a hole in the ground but can't be sure since no one saw the accident.

"They noticed that he wasn't behind them any more after a few minutes so they turned around going to look for him,"said Chief Deputy Aaron Russell. "They found him with his 4-wheeler laying on top of him."

Deputies describe his death as loss for his family, the Sheriff's department, and for the country.

Anderson was also an Army National Guardsman with the 890th Combat Engineering Battalion out of Picayune.

"During his tenure with us, he was deployed to Iraq. Not only did he serve his country there, but he was serving it here also," said Sheriff Stuart.

Anderson's coworkers say his untimely death has left a void in their lives and pain in their hearts.

"Patrick was a large fellow in build but he was soft spoken," said Russell. "He'd come in and ask you how you were doing. He'd give you a smile. He was a real nice fellow and a great guy to work with."

Deputies say Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.

He is survived by his parents, three siblings and a fiance.

No funeral arrangements have been made.