UNION CO., NC (WJZY) - The Union County Sheriff's Office says it's unlikely any charges will be filed after a 3-year-old girl died following an ATV accident on her family's property.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the 3600 block of Brief Road in Monroe.
Since Monday, more than 100 people have shared a photo on Facebook along with their condolences to the Huntley family for their child's death.
"This has struck me hard. It has crushed my heart to think that these people have lost that precious little child and they won't have it here no more," said Robert Kiker, family neighbor.
Authorities said 3-year-old Ana Huntley was riding next to her 11-year-old sister, who was driving the ATV, when the vehicle hit a bump and the younger girl fell off.
The 3-year-old sustained serious head injuries and was transported to Matthew Presbyterian Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The girls were not wearing helmets, according to law enforcement.
North Carolina law requires helmets and eye protection be worn while riding an all terrain vehicle.
"We live right here in the community with them, and I think we all want to uplift this family and pray for them and not find something wrong about what happened. This could have happened to me. This could have happened to anyone," Kiker said.
One neighbor FOX 46 spoke with said from now on, he'll make sure his grandchildren use the seat-belt when riding on his ATV.
"I have let my grandchildren ride in the back of my gater several times in the past. This incident with this little girl has really woke me up to the fact to never ride one of my grandchildren or any child in the back of my gater," Kiker said.
A family friend on the property said everyone always looked out for the 3-year-old and the young children on the property.
The Union County Sheriff's Office said this little girl's death has been tough for the entire community, including law enforcement and Medic.
The sheriff's office said it didn't want to comment on the case, because they want to allow family time and space to heal.