4-Wheeler fatality involving 8-year-old leads to charge of criminally negligent homicide

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Braxton Pierce Evans
Braxton Pierce Evans

A Cass County man is facing a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of a 8-year-old killed while riding a four wheeler.

Lane McKnight Barber, 31, was indicted by a Cass County grand jury last month in the death of Braxten Pierce Evans. Braxton was driving the ATV on property near County Road 4923 in Bloomburg when he and Barber, who was riding as a passenger, were thrown from the four-wheeler Jan. 15.

Barber is accused of allowing young Braxten to ride without a helmet on an ATV with rear brakes Barber knew didn’t function, the indictment states.

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Braxton died at the scene. Barber, a family friend, suffered only minor injuries, according to earlier news accounts

Barber does not currently have a court date in Cass County and has not yet appeared for arraignment on the felony charge, a member of the Cass County District Attorney’s Office said. Barber is currently free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond set by 5th District Judge Bill Miller, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Criminally negligent homicide is punishable by six months to two years in a state jail or probation.

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