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Crash kills motocross star

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By The Staff

A well-known teenager and local motocross star was laid to rest Monday, April 14 after being killed in an automobile accident last week.Hundreds of mourners filled the small confines of Corn Creek Baaptist Church to pay their final respects to Nick Howard.Although his career began locally, he became known on the national level following a 2002 win at the National Amateur Super Cross Championship.Howard, 18, of Milton, died shortly before 7 p.m. April 9 when the vehicle he was riding in left the roadway and struck several trees on Palmyra Road, one mile from U.S. 421.Police said Zachary Liter, 17, of Bedford was driving a 1994 Ford pickup when a tire slipped off the right edge of the road near Abbott Lane, causing the vehicle to strike several trees.Howard died instantly, police said. Liter was transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Ind., for medical treatment.Two other passengers, Jacob Gross, 16, of Bedford, and Nick Long, 17, of La Grange, also were injured and taken to KDH. Gross and Liter were released from the hospital Wednesday night.Long was treated at KDH and transferred to University Hospital in Louisville, where he remained as of press time Tuesday.Police said no one in the truck was wearing a seat belt.Kentucky State Police Trooper Dustin Corbin, an accident reconstructionist, is leading the investigation into the crash. KSP Troopers Charlie Kelton and Tim Moore, along with the Trimble County Sheriff’s Department, Trimble County EMS and Milton Fire and Rescue Department assisted Corbin at the scene.

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