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Community Mourns 9-year-old Electrocuted Halloween Night--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Metro Police say Christopher Ellison was riding his bike when he came in contact with a downed power line around 9:30 Halloween night.

Ellison was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center's Children's Hospital and died around 10 P.M.

Strong wind and rain caused a tree branch to fall onto a power line at the J.C. Napier Apartments on the 500 block of Charles E. Davis Blvd. Today, the community set out a teddy bear and balloons at the site of Ellison's death. 

Neighbor Brenda Batey says, " I didn't know the child, but I will always carry him in my heart just from seeing him laying down on that sidewalk."
 
Neighbors say Ellison played in the area with kids who he went to school with at Napier Elementary. Principal Dr. Ronald Powe says counselors will be available for students and safety lessons.

Dr. Ronald Powe said, "We talk about safety all the time, certainly if he had known that there was a live power line gone down, he wouldn't have crossed it."

Ellison transferred to Napier just this Monday, but already made an impression.

Powe explained, " A good kid in terms of his personality, his disposition, high quality performing student."

Barrington Moore says he is an assistant with Napier and witnessed the tree and power line fall. Shortly after he saw Ellison cross the line on his bike.

Barrignton Moore said, " The wire did get hot that time and it shocked him off the bike. My heart just jumped and I was scared.I did learn a lesson, to stay away from wires, don't touch any kind of wires. "

Nashville Electric Service released this statement:

"Nashville Electric Service would like to express its sincere condolences to the family of nine-year-old Christopher Ellison who passed away last night as a result of a tragic accident involving a power line. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

More than 50 downed wires were reported due to high winds. NES cautions that there may still be downed power lines on our system and to assume every wire is live. If you see a downed wire, call 911 to report its location.While the accident is under investigation, NES is unable to comment further."

Napier Elementary is collecting money for Ellison's family and funeral arrangements. Anyone interested in donating, should contact the school.


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