SALISBURY, N.C. -- The parents of a 7-year-old boy who was killed Thanksgiving Day when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving overturned will not be charged, the Rowan County district attorney’s office ruled Thursday.
Bryce Rueger died when the Arctic Cat 550 he was driving at his family’s house flipped while he was making a left turn, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
His cousin, 11-year-old Cameron Barr, was injured in the wreck, on Country Hill Drive near Sherrill’s Ford Road. That is in the western part of the county.
Family members say the two boys had come into the house for lunch and then gone back outside for more riding. A short time later, another youth told the parents about the wreck.
State law prohibits children under the age of 8 from driving larger ATV’s. But the district attorney’s office ruled that the vehicle involved in the wreck did not fit the description of the ATV which younger children cannot drive.
Therefore, the DA’s office ruled, the parents could not be charged.
Funeral services for Bryce, a student at Rocky River Elementary School in Mooresville and a member of a traveling league youth baseball team, were held Wednesday in Seymour, Ind.