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Moment of silence held for Warrick Co. teen killed in accident

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The crowd at Monday night's event. The crowd at Monday night's event.

A moment of silence was held Monday evening before the motocross races at the Warrick County Fairgrounds to remember 15-year-old Hunter McDaniel, who was killed in a dirt bike accident this weekend. 

Hunter's father says he's trying to stay positive in dealing with the tragic death of his son. He's hoping every parent will stop and hug their children just a little bit tighter.

"He was doing what he likes to do," Tom McDaniel said. "I just can't believe the effect he's had on everybody." 

On the motocross track where 15-year-old Hunter would have raced Monday night, under his number 21, his older brother and racing partner spoke to the crowd.

"Not only was he my brother, but he was my best friend. He's been through everything with me and I wish he was still here," Tristan McDaniel said.  

Sheriff Brett Kruse says Hunter was riding his brand-new dirt bike on the family's property Saturday, when he accidentally ran into the side of his mother's car coming down the driveway. He died a short time later.

On Monday night, his father says he's humbled by the outpouring of support.

"It's hard on his mother and I, but having a sibling and losing a brother, I've never had to go through that and it's hard on them," Tom told 14 News. 

His family says Hunter loved to hunt, play baseball, and spent a lot of time at the track. Tom says they'll stay positive in Hunter's memory.

"If any of the children learn anything at all, please wear your equipment, please be safe, and please listen to your parents," Tom said. "I am as proud of him today as any day that he's been here and that will never change.

Hunter would have been a freshman at Tecumseh High School in the fall. 

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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