‘Just a sheer tragedy’

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Funeral services for a 2-year-old Rockingham boy killed Saturday after being struck by a motorcycle are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Midway Baptist Church.

Matthew Wyatt Lohman was struck and killed by a motorcycle operated by Brandon Terrell Deese at approximately 5:54 p.m. as the Lohman family was walking across Midway Road from their home to attend Christmas dinner at Midway Baptist Church.

Wyatt was sandwiched in between his father, Andrew Lohman, and his 5-year-old brother as they crossed Midway Road at Shaw Street. The mother was still on the porch with the couple’s 2-month-old son, getting ready to approach the road crossing.

At about 5:54 p.m., the the were starting to cross the road when the incident occurred. It’s not yet clear how the boy came into contact with the 2008 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Brandon Terrell Deese.

“The motorcycle was traveling west on Midway Road,” said Rockingham Police Department in a news release issued Monday. “Mr. Deese fell off the motorcycle after the initial impact.”

The boy was transported by FirstHealth EMS to FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham. Deese was transported to Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet.

Pastor Jimmy Williams, of Midway Baptist Church, said he was the first person to respond as he was only “10 seconds” behind in arriving to the church.

“The motorcycle came down, struck him (and) killed him,” Williams said. “It was just a lot of chaos.”

Williams called 911 and CPR was performed on the child. The Rockingham Police Department and FirstHealth EMS responded to the scene.

The condition of the motorcycle operator was not available.

Police said “traffic reconstructions are actively investigating the nature and cause of the accident and will present their findings to the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office.”

Williams spoke of the grief the family is going through.

“It’s really just a tough time for them,” Williams said. “I find it hard to talk about. It breaks my heart.”

Police Chief Billy Kelly said he and his officers are thinking of those involved.

“This is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts and prayers, as well as the thoughts and prayers of the officers from the Rockingham Police Department, are with the family,” Kelly said.

Williams said he hopes the community rallies and supports the Lohman family, which also includes a 1-year-old daughter. They recently moved here from Florida, Williams said, and began attending the church approximately three months ago. Williams said donations of clothing for the two other boys, ages 5 and 2 months, along with toys and gift cards would be most appropriate.

For those interested in making a donation, contact Williams at 910-410-9072. For Wyatt’s complete obituary, see page 5A.

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