MIDLOTHIAN – A Midlothian youth has died as a result of a Sunday afternoon four-wheeler accident south of the city.

Authorities were called to the 4200 block of Whitehead Road at 1:40 p.m. Sunday on a report that a young man riding a four-wheeler had struck a mailbox.

“Richard Brent Rains Jr., 14, was riding a 2003 Yamaha ATV when he apparently lost control of the vehicle and struck a brick mailbox,” said Tela Mange, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. “He was transported to Baylor Waxahachie (hospital), where he was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Linda Sibley at 3:15 p.m.”

Mange said the four-wheeler was northbound and it is unclear what might have made Rains hit the mailbox.

The accident occurred in a curve and the ATV hit the mailbox with enough force to knock it off its pedestal, according to the reports.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, according to preliminary reports filed by trooper Robert Anderson, said Mange.

Mange said the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and the Midlothian Fire Department responded to the scene.

Midlothian Deputy Fire Chief Dale McCaskil said the department responded with an ambulance, fire engine and chief’s vehicle. Rains was transported by Midlothian ambulance to Waxahachie.

McCaskil said Rains was wearing a helmet.

McCaskil said Midlothian has suffered several fatal ATV accidents and numerous serious four-wheeler accidents during the past couple of years and the Midlothian Fire Department is seeking to work with the Midlothian ISD to put together some type of ATV safety course.

“In many cases, these accidents are preventable and educating young people on the limits and dangers can keep them from getting hurt,” McCaskil said. “We’ve had too many of these accidents and our department is ready to do something about it to stop it.”

Any group or individual wanting to work with McCaskil can contact him at 972-775-7142.