9-year-old child killed by downed power line in Nashville - WSMV News 4


9-year-old child killed by downed power line in Nashville

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Christopher Ellison Christopher Ellison

A 9-year-old boy has died at a Nashville hospital after he was struck by a downed power line Thursday evening.

Officials say Christopher Ellison was either riding or walking his bicycle around 9:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Charles E. Davis Boulevard when he came in contact with the live power line.

Investigators said the power line had been knocked down by a large tree limb during high winds and was lying across a sidewalk in the boy's path.

"The wire was swinging, and it was sparking fire. Every time the wind blew, the wire sparks fire," said neighbor LaTonya Brown.

Officials said first responders had to secure the live power line away from the child so they could render aid, and the child was unresponsive as emergency personnel began CPR.

Ellison was then transported to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m.

An investigation by Metro police youth services detectives determined his cause of death to be accidental electrocution.

Ellison was a student at Napier Elementary. Neighbors said he and other children had just left a nearby church where they had gotten Halloween candy.

"Everybody was just shocked. It just tore a lot of people up. It really did," said neighbor Tonita James. "He was riding his bike up through here, and he didn't see the wire and it knocked him over here. The wire was still on top of him when the fire man came."

They say he still had his candy in his and when he fell to the ground.

"It's just a child. He didn't know. He didn't see that wire. It was dark right here. You couldn't see it. You couldn't see it," James said.

Ellison's aunt was too upset to speak on camera, but said he was a sweet little boy who never caused trouble. The community is now praying they can pull through the tragedy.

Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools say the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ is working with Napier Elementary School to collect donations for the Ellison family.

MNPS students return to school Monday after having a day off Friday for teacher conferences. Napier Elementary School Principal Dr. Ronald Powe met with the child's family Friday and said the school will offer grief counseling and support when students return.

NES has issued the following statement about the incident:

"Nashville Electric Service would like to express its sincere condolences to the family of nine-year-old Christopher Ellison who passed away last night as a result of a tragic accident involving a power line. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

More than 50 downed wires were reported due to high winds. NES cautions that there may still be downed power lines on our system and to assume every wire is live. If you see a downed wire, call 911 to report its location.

While the accident is under investigation, NES is unable to comment further."

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