A North Laurel High teen died Friday afternoon following an accident in front of his Sim Smith Road home Thursday afternoon when the bike he was riding hit an oncoming car.
Brandon McWilliams, a 15-year-old sophomore, was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where his condition was listed as critical Friday morning.
Jarrod Hibbard, the driver of a 2007 silver Scion tC, was not injured.
Laurel County Sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Poynter, who is leading the investigation, said McWilliams was trail riding on his Honda Fox across the street from his home. Around 3:30 p.m. he came out onto the paved road without stopping and hit Hibbard’s car. Upon impact, McWilliams was thrown off his bike and against Hibbard’s front window, smashing it into small pieces and bending it in. McWilliams bounced back and landed on the pavement.
McWilliams’ mother, Billie McWilliams, said repeatedly, “I told him (he was going to get hit). I told him.”
Hibbard said McWilliams emerged from the trail and he did not have time to stop.
The two were friends.
“We’re friends,” Hibbard said visibly shaken. “I used to ride on that same trail with him and his older brother, who is my age.”
Brian McWilliams, Brandon’s father, told Poynter he was not at home at the time of the accident. He said he told his son not to ride the bike anymore because he (Brandon) was planning on selling it.
Melissa Gibbs was McWilliams’ English teacher at South Laurel.
“He was very outgoing,” she said. “He was always walking with a friend. In class he wasn’t very motivated, but he always came through. If you asked him to do something, he would do it. He made passing grades.”
Poynter said McWilliams was not wearing a helmet.c Alcohol and drugs are not suspected.
Assisting Poynter at the scene were Sheriff Fred Yaden, Deputy William Harris, and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County.
House-Rawlings Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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