5-year-old boy hit, killed at Cleveland County dirt bike park

Full story: Salisbury Post

A 5-year-old motocross rider died of neck trauma after an older biker crashed into him at a dirt bike park in Cleveland County, police said.
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Jennifer Hedgcoe

Newton, NC

#1 Mar 14, 2007
Wade and Michelle are dear friends of mine and my husband's. While no one blames the child whose bike struck Cody, more strict measures MUST take place on the dirt track. These young boys should feel safe while riding. Wade and Michelle you are in our prayers.
Love,
"Nuke" and Jennifer
The Maly family

Lompoc, CA

#2 Mar 14, 2007
Dear Fidler family, We cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling regarding the loss of your dear child, Cody. Please know that everyone here in our motocross family sends their deepest condolences and prayers to all of you. Cody's loss has certainly made us take more accountability for our own track safety and to not rely on the promoter to do it for us. We pray that God brings you comfort in knowing that Cody has impacted many lives across the nation already and will for many more motocross years.
Jennifer Hedgcoe

Austin, TX

#3 Jun 6, 2007
Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Your family will remain in my prayers.

Respectfully yours,
Jennifer (Roscoe) Hedgcoe
Duh

Bangor, ME

#4 Jun 20, 2007
A five year old riding motocross?

Blame the stupid parents.
a mother and friend

Charlotte, NC

#5 Jun 21, 2007
Duh wrote:
A five year old riding motocross?
Blame the stupid parents.
I personally knew this child and his parents. Not only is your comment ignorant and misinformed but it's hurtful. I didn't think it was smart to allow a kid to race motorcross and still have my own feelings that, out of respect, I've kept to myself. The problem I have with your comment is that we, as parents, can only protect our children so much before we begin to smother them. This boy loved racing and was on a bike before most kids could walk. His young passion for the sport was very similar to that of my own child's passion for baseball. I buy the helmet, the cups, the guards and the endless supply of bats, gloves and balls. How am I to know that this is - for a fact - going to keep him for taking a foul-tip into the chest and stop his 11 year old heart? The point is we, again as parents, don't. If you've never had a child, you wouldn't understand how difficult the choice is to let them live freely vs. letting them live under your thumb. Sure, this boy was 5. My kids were playing sports at 2 and 5. Like his parents, I've made sure that all of the best and strongest protection has been made available to them. Accidents happen. This was completely avoidable and incredibly unfortunate. This child will forever be loved and missed. Many of us still cry for him - after months - each time we see his picture or watch our own children "jump the ramp." His family is heavily involved in the sport and has been since well before he was born. That was his life before he took his first breath. To have kept this child from doing what he loved second only to his family would have been to offer him a dull life of nothing. Thru their loss and the lessons we've all learned, this family has touched and saved many others. Please be mindful of your words when you make a post such as this.
Laura Nicholson

Spartanburg, SC

#6 Jun 27, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cody. I myself have lost a child to the sport of motocross and would like to very much speak with the parents if possible. If anyone has an email they would like to forward to me I would be grateful. And my I give an AMEN to "mother & friend" you are so right. People should be careful of what they say.
albert

Tustin, CA

#8 Jun 28, 2007
sorry he got killed
stupid comments GROWUP

Woodburn, OR

#9 Jul 22, 2007
Duh wrote:
A five year old riding motocross?
Blame the stupid parents.
u know what motocross is an extremly challenging and very extreme sport we all know but u know its a sport for ALL ages duh thats why theres smaller and bigger bikes duh once again. and theres more then enough protective equipment to keep them safe.these forums are for postitive and helping comments to the grieving familys NOt to post stupid comments.so get a life and growup
Angel Reyes

San Francisco, CA

#10 Jul 24, 2007
My Thoughts and prayers to Cody's family, I can only imaging the pain they must be going through. I'm a parent of a 11 year old boy who loves the sport. I been keeping him away from the sport as much as I can. He currently rides a 90 TR 4 stroke yamaha and wants a 85 yz. I'm saying no to my son not for financial reasons but because I'm afraid for his safety. I hope I'm doing the right thing but it sure feels like the wrong thing. Again.. my thouthts and prayers to all familys that have experienced a loss due to this sport.
jacob 9years

Fayetteville, NC

#11 Jul 31, 2007
Sorry about your son. I ride too and I know it is dangerous.
RPM

Houston, TX

#12 Apr 10, 2008
Duh wrote:
A five year old riding motocross?
Blame the stupid parents.
You kidding me? I have been Riding for 17 years and I turn 20 in a month. How about you get out there you lil Punk and learn some Respect.
rob lowe

United States

#13 May 3, 2008
TO DUH. you are an !!!! fill it in
Duh wrote:
A five year old riding motocross?
Blame the stupid parents.
david

Dudley, NC

#14 May 29, 2008
Duh wrote:
A five year old riding motocross?
Blame the stupid parents.
you just make me sick!! it was not the parents falt it was an accident!!
pockets

Chapel Hill, NC

#15 Jun 13, 2008
shut the freak up it was the parents fault!
moms friend

Charlotte, NC

#18 Jun 13, 2008
pockets wrote:
shut the freak up it was the parents fault!
You have no clue what you're talking about. This was a horrible accident that happened over a year ago. It was not then and is not now, in any way, his parents fault. They lost more than a child that day and heartless people like you should just leave your pathetic comments to yourself.

God bless you Code-man. We miss you.
rockstar

Chula Vista, CA

#19 Jul 9, 2008
Parents need to be more responsible........ A five year old thats way to young he should of started later and learned. wow
moms friend

Charlotte, NC

#20 Jul 10, 2008
HE did nothing wrong on the track. The accident had nothing to do with his age and everything to do with unfortunate events.

There is no difference in this sport and others when the proper safety measures have been taken and rules are followed. Children die on the football/baseball fields each year and no one yells that it's their parents fault for allowing them to play at such a young age.

Unless you were there - doubtful - and saw negligence on the part of his parents - impossible - your ridicule is pointless.
wheelz in BC Canada

Salmon Arm, Canada

#21 Sep 2, 2008
I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a child in an accident like this,,, I just had an argument with my husband about "accidents". We have a 4 1/2 year old great grandson who just started triding w/out training wheels,,,We had him to the skate park and I was smothering him I guess with constant watching,,,The next day his mom took him ,,he had an accident ,,went to the hospital with severe cuts to his nose ,rash all over..Yes I am annoyed at her for not supervising more.. Reading this scares me to no end.. Accidents can happen so fast.. My prayers go to the parents.
Alwaysamom

Pineville, NC

#22 Jul 27, 2009
Yes I am sure that the 5 year old boy likes motorcycles and yes we can, if we as parents are not careful, smother our children. But a 5 year old does not have the ability to determine what is or is not a dangerous situation. Motor cycles are fun but are dangerous, sorry but that is the plain and blunt truth. Parents have the responsibility to watch over their children, to keep them safe from harm with the best of their ability. Just because our children want to do something doesn't mean that we give them free reign. Who is actually the one with the motorycle fettish anyway, the 5 year old or the parent. If the 5 year old wanted to ride so badly then the parents responsibility is to see that it is done in a safe and controlled environment.
I am sorry for the pain of the family and of their friends. A child is never supposed to go before the parents and at a time like this it is so hard to comprehend why this had to happen to a little guy who was not even old enough to make choices weighted with the benefit of wisdom.
Sometimes being a parent means that you have to make choices that will make you unpopular but parenthood is not for a popularity contest.
Life is so precious and fleeting. Just one small decision affects so many people.
My son has a love for guns, bows and arrows, knives, fishing, and yes motor cycles too. My son is only 10 but you had better believe that I wont turn him loose with a gun, knife or even a motor cycle.
Life Coach

Moncure, NC

#23 Jul 28, 2009
Why would any parent allow a 5 yr old do this type of sport? I feel for the parents but I also have to wonder what the *&^% they were thinking?

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