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Boy dies in ATV crash


News Staff Report

Tragedy struck the Flomaton community again on Sunday, May 23, when an ATV crash claimed the life of a Flomaton Elementary School student who had just finished the sixth grade.
Authorities say Logan Mitchell, 12, son of Lacinda Mitchell and Luke Mitchell, was fatally injured in the crash, which occurred on private property in the Upper Creek Road community, about a half mile from U.S. 31.
Logan was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, but medical staff were unable to save him.
Flomaton police and fire departments, along with an ambulance, were sent to the scene, just west of Rock Cemetery, around 5 p.m. City police and Escambia County Department of Human Resources investigators are continuing to look into the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident.
No charges have been filed against the ATV’s driver, who has not been identified, but Police Chief Charles Thompson told reporters the case will be presented to the Escambia County District Attorney’s Office for review.
FES Principal George Brown told a Pensacola television station that Logan was “the kind of kid that had a relationship with everyone,” that the youngster “was fun, he was loving.”
The police chief pointed out that Logan’s death — the third such fatality among Flomaton Elementary students in less than a year — represented a loss to the entire community.
“This whole town is grieving today,” he said. “It’s hard for parents that are grieving, family members that are grieving and friends of the family. On behalf of the Flomaton Police Department, we send out high respects to the families of both under-aged victims in the crash. Our community lost a precious soul, and we together as one are grieving.”
The 2020-21 school term ended last week, but Brown opened up the school on Monday so that friends and family members could come together for support.
“Right now, when you say his name and you think of him, there is sadness and hurt,” the principal said. “But as time goes on, we’re going to continue to think of him, continue to talk about him, and then we’re going to smile. And that’s important.”
Lacinda Mitchell was manager of Agency on Aging in Atmore for a number of years.