Boy, 7, killed when inner tube pulled behind UTV hits tree


POTSDAM, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy who was being pulled behind an off-highway utility vehicle in northern New York was killed when the inner tube he was riding in hit a tree.

The St. Lawrence County sheriff’s office says the UTV being operated by two 14-year-old boys was towing two younger boys on the inner tube in a private yard in the Town of Potsdam on Thursday night.

The tube hit a wooden fence and a large tree after the UTV made a left turn. The 7-year-old boy was pronounced dead at a local hospital and a 6-year-old boy was admitted for observation.

Police did not release the boys’ names.

An autopsy was to take place Friday.

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