A fatal accident Saturday morning took the life of a 10-year-old boy.

John Habeck of Waxahachie was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle accident, which occurred at about 10:55 a.m. on southbound U.S. Highway 287 north of the intersection of Parks School House Road.

“They were headed to Ennis,” Justice of the Peace Jackie Mil-ler Jr. said, saying the boy was riding in a 2002 four-door Mitsubishi Galant driven by his uncle, Oscar Martinez, 25, of Maypearl.

Of particular heartbreak is that the accident occurred in front of the child’s parents, who were following in another vehicle, Miller said.

“The uncle had passed them and they said it appeared his vehicle then seemed to lose control at the crest of the hill,” Miller said, saying the Mitsubishi went up onto the top of the guard rail and then came off, rolling multiple times down the slope.

Miller said Waxahachie police were trying to determine what caused the vehicle to go out of control and have an accident.

Martinez was ejected from the vehicle and transported by CareFlite to Parkland Memorial Hospital. His condition was unknown as of press time.

The 10-year-old was wearing a seatbelt but suffered massive head trauma in the accident that killed him instantly, Miller said, who pronounced the child dead at 11:35 a.m. and ordered the body taken to the medical examiner’s office in Dallas.

“This is a tragic accident, and my heart goes out to the family,” Miller said. “My thoughts and prayers are with them.”

A message left with the Waxahachie Police Department for additional comment was not returned by press time Saturday.

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