Thirteen-year-old Tyler Butcher was looking forward to going squirrel hunting the next day with his dad. They were already packed up. "That's one reason I bought the ATV, because we like to hunt," Scott Butcher said.
But the next day, Tyler was dead.
Tyler Scott Butcher had blue eyes and blond hair cut in a flat top. He was a Boy Scout. He liked the outdoors. He wanted to be a carpenter like his dad. "But I didn't push that. It's no kind of life, and him being diabetic, he'd have to stop to eat snacks. He'd been on the insulin pump for two years. So I told him, no, you get an education. But I wish you could see some of the things he made. He was all the time wanting to work on something, put something together."
The accident happened Sept. 27. They'd been working together, father and son, installing doors in a house about a half-mile from his home in Shady Spring, Raleigh County. Tyler had to go home to eat.
Tyler rode the four-wheeler home, followed by his dad in the truck. While Tyler ate lunch, his dad left to run an errand. "We were supposed to meet back where we'd been. My wife assumed I'd had enough time to get back. But there was a homecoming parade, and I got held up in traffic."
So Tyler headed out on the ATV to meet his father. "It was just a half-mile stretch. He'd be going 15 miles an hour. He wouldn't be going in the woods. What could happen?"
Tyler lost control of the ATV on the gravel road. He was thrown from the four-wheeler and killed. He wasn't wearing a helmet.