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05/17/05

Recent ATV Deaths Keep Pain Of Previous Accidents Alive

"I just want to be able to remember him," Constance Pickens says as she looks at Zack Moss's pictures.

For Constance Pickens, freshly picked flowers, pictures, and other memorabilia stand as reminders of the grandson she lost too soon.

"He got on the ATV, rode it across the yard, and ran straight into a dog chain on a wire that ran from two trees like a dog runner. It caught him and it killed him," Pickens says.

Zack Moss was just nine when he died two months ago, but for Pickens, the pain makes it feel like just yesterday.

"There will come a time where I've healed enough and can say 'okay,' maybe put some of these things away. But it's not going to happen with all of these things happening to all of these other children," Pickens says.

News that two Hurley boys died on Mother's Day hit Pickens hard.

Then there was the death of a Pearl River County Sheriff's deputy, also riding an ATV.

"There's been, what, three within a week? It's just like salt in a wound. It's hard."

What's harder than feeling the pain, Pickens says, is knowing that these accidents might have been prevented.

"Consider your child's age, consider your child's weight, consider if they've had a safety course to know how to manipulate these types of equipment," Pickens says.

As awful as it is to hear about more ATV accidents, Pickens hopes other parents and grandparents listen, and learn, and never feel the same pain.

By Jaimee Goad

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