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Father: 'Everybody loved' boy killed in ATV crash

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PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's investigators said they're waiting on a toxicology report to determine if charges will be filed in an ATV crash which killed 6-year-old Kohen Kleinpeter and injured his sister.

Ryan Kleinpeter told News 2 he never expected to lose his son at such a young age.

"Everybody loved him and it didn't matter what it was he was always smiling," he said. "He always showed love and affection and that's something that me and his mother will never forget."

According to the sheriff's office, Kohen was at his mother's house Saturday evening when deputies said six children and one adult went riding on what's called a "Bad Boy Buggy" and the driver lost control. Kohen died from his injuries and his sister was also hurt. She was released from the hospital Monday and is expected to be okay.

"You know that when you have another child to take care, but you can't help but feel sad, like, you just want to scream at the top of your lungs, but you have this other child you have to take care of, and that's what gets you through the day," Kleinpeter said.

Surrounded by family and friends, Kleinpeter say he's thankful for the time he had with his only son.

"When I got to the hospital I confirmed that he was deceased," said Kleinpeter. "I was like I'm going to wake up tomorrow and you know he's going to be ok but that day has never come yet and it wont until I join him in heaven."

His father said Kohen would have turned seven this month. Family members plan to still celebrate his birthday in his memory. Family friends have set up a GoFundMe account for the family to help pay for funeral costs and a college education fund for their daughter.


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