Friends remember Basalt boy as a ‘wonderful kid’
June 7, 2002
Hunter Scott, the Basalt boy killed in a bicycle accident Wednesday, was an athletic kid who loved snowboarding and was well-known for his good nature, according to friends.
“He’s one of those little boys that everybody loved to have in class,” said Basalt Middle School Principal Gary Halstead. “He had so many friends.”
Hunter, 11, had just completed fifth grade at the school and was preparing for an active summer of athletics, according to family friend Judy Kohl.
“He was just a wonderful kid,” said Kohl. Her son was one of Hunter’s best friends for the last six years.
Hunter is the son of Randy and Kathy Scott. He is also survived by an older brother, Taylor.
Kohl said Hunter “totally loved snowboarding.” He had just signed up for a baseball program and he also loved basketball, she said.
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Kohl and her son both said they will remember Hunter for “his smile and his giggle.” They recalled that he was an “awesome” builder with Lego blocks.
Hunter was killed at about 4 p.m. Wednesday while riding his bicycle on Meadow Drive in the Willits subdivision. Hunter and a friend were riding separate bikes eastbound when they encountered a westbound construction truck pulling a trailer, according to authorities.
Hunter’s friend went on the left side of the truck while Hunter stayed in the right lane, according to Basalt Police Sgt. Chris Maniscalchi.
“We believe he was either attempting to open a drink bottle or was drinking from the bottle,” said Maniscalchi.
Hunter somehow lost control of his bicycle, fell over and was thrown underneath the rear dual wheels of the trailer, investigators concluded.
“The best way you can describe it is, it’s just unfortunate fate,” said Maniscalchi.
Hunter died from massive head and chest injuries, according to the coroner’s office. He was declared dead at the scene. His friend was uninjured.
The boy wasn’t wearing a cycling helmet at the time of the accident, but authorities discounted that as a factor in the mishap.
“Unfortunately in this case, this is one of those instances where it wouldn’t have helped,” said Maniscalchi. He still urged parents to always have their kids wear helmets.
Investigators said Wednesday they didn’t suspect the speed of the construction truck to be an issue. No charges will be filed against the driver, Maniscalchi confirmed Thursday.
Kohl said her son and Hunter’s other friends are struggling to deal with the loss of their friend.
“I think they’re in shock,” Kohl said. “At 11 years old, they just can’t believe it.”