‘The whole town’s in mourning’: Boy struck and killed by car in freak sledding accident

A New Hampshire boy was killed Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a car as he sledded behind his Winchester home.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reported that Keyton Marrotte, 10, was hit by a Subaru Outback after the sled he was in careened down a hill and went into the road. Police said Marrotte was transported to a hospital but died from his injuries a short time later.

“I don’t think him and his mom knew how dangerous the hill was because he has not heard the stories,” said neighbor Kristyn Pike, adding that Marrotte and his family moved to Winchester two months earlier.

“I think what makes the hill dangerous to kids is they start at the top and fly right down.”

In a news release, Lieutenant Mike T. Tollett said that a woman who heard the collision ran to the scene and performed CPR on the injured boy until emergency crews arrived.

“I just saw him laying there and they were working on him. He went, like, right under the car,” Darian Cohen-Johnson, who works at a nearby store, told the newspaper.

“I feel like the whole town’s in mourning. I didn’t even know him, but because he’s a child.”

Winchester Selectmen Chairman Ben Kilanski told The Keene Sentinel that the land is privately owned and that signs were placed  Sunday morning instructing residents to stop sledding on the hill. The Sentinel noted that the hill sits near Michigan Street, a residential road with a speed limit of 25 mph.

A candlelight vigil was held Monday night in memory of the slain 10-year-old. Though some of Marrotte’s relatives were in attendance, the boy’s mother said it was too soon for her to visit the spot where her son died, according to WMUR.

The local station also reported that the driver isn’t facing charges in connection with the deadly accident.

[Featured Image: Keyton Marrotte/GoFundMe]