A ride on a four-wheeler ended in tragedy Sunday for a Hahira teen.
At approximately 3:15 p.m., in the 1600 block of Johnson Lane, 15-year-old Valerie Celine Walsh-Miller and a friend were riding on a four-wheeler in an open field, according to Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson.
“It appeared that Walsh tried to avoid hitting a tree by turning the four wheeler,” Watson said. “She lost her balance and fell into the tree.”
The Georgia State Patrol, Lowndes County Sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical services arrived at the scene. Watson said Walsh suffered from blunt force trauma to her head. Both girls were transported to South Georgia Medical Center where Walsh was pronounced dead, Watson said. Her 15-year-old friend was treated for lacerations to her head and is expected to make a full recovery.
According to Watson, the friend has no memory of the accident.
The four-wheeler belonged to her and not the victim. As a minor, she was not identified by the coroner or police.
Walsh, a Lowndes High School freshman, is the daughter of Larry and Celine Miller of Hahira. Visitation is tonight at Carson McLane Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. and services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.