MYAKKA CITY -- A 7-year-old Pompano Beach boy was killed in an accident during a motorcycle race Saturday morning, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reports.
The boy was one of about 15 kids ages 5 to 8 competing in the race, sanctioned by the Florida Trail Riders Association. He apparently failed to see an adult who was monitoring the race from aboard a motorcycle and crashed into it, causing serious injury, according to a sheriff's office report.
The boy, identified as Evan Y. Max, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The race, called the Buffalo Stampede Hare Scramble, was being held on ATV/motorcycle trails at a large agricultural pasture in the 40700 block of Clay Gully Road in Myakka City. The accident happened around 9:30 a.m.
According to the report, the 38-year-old man who was involved in the accident was looking for a female rider whom he suspected may have fallen down. He crossed the track next to a palmetto ledge and apparently failed to see the boy approaching, the report said.
The sheriff's office was conducting an accidental death investigation, and no charges had been filed Saturday evening.
Drew Cole, listed on the Florida Trail Riders Association website as the group's Manatee County director, said he was not present at the accident and declined to comment.
Other officials with the organization could not immediately be reached for comment.