Warrick County is mourning the loss of a young man who died Sunday night after a dirt bike accident.
15-year-old Hunter McDaniel died Saturday after authorities say his dirt bike struck a vehicle his mother was driving at the family home in Boonville.
At 15, Hunter McDaniel was gearing up for his freshman year at Tecumseh High School. On Monday night, he was supposed to be having fun in the motocross race at the Warrick County Fair.
Hunter won't make it to the starting line, but he died doing something he loved.
"It's a terrible tragedy, and it's a huge loss," said Brad Schneider, the Warrick County School Corporation Superintendent.
"It doesn't get much worse. I mean, obviously, a good boy from a good family and it's about as tragic as any event that could happen to a family," Warrick County Sheriff Brett Kruse said.
Saturday afternoon, Hunter McDaniel hopped on his dirt bike and took a ride around his family's property on West New Hope Road. But that ride had a terrible ending.
"He did not see the vehicle coming down the driveway and ran into the side of the car," Sheriff Kruse said.
Warrick county Sheriff Brett Kruse says Hunter was wearing a helmet, but he died soon after.
Now, he's being remembered as someone who loved the outdoors and loved sports. He played several while in junior high at Tecumseh.
In fact, so many people are expected to pay their final respects this week, that Hunter's visitation and funeral services are being held at the school in the gym.
"The Tecumseh district itself is a very close district, everyone knows each other, everyone looks out for each other. Goes back in time to neighbors looking after neighbors, so I am certain those good people are going to come together and support the McDaniels as best they can," Schneider said.
Schneider says when classes resume, a crisis team will be available at Tecumseh so Hunter's friends can talk if they need to.
In the meantime, on Monday night, instead of watching his son race around this course at the Warrick County Fairgrounds, Hunter's dad and older brother will gather, likely with hundreds of others, for a moment of silence to remember.
"It's a tragedy to lose someone so young. I'm certain, it's hard for the communities, but for the family just a really tough time," Schneider said. "We're thinking of them. We want to be there to support them do whatever we can to help them through this time."
That moment of silence at the motocross race Monday night will be at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will be held at the Tecumseh Junior - Senior High School gym July 17 from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. and July 18 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., with funeral services at 10:30 a.m.
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