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16-year-old Baseball Kid From New Jersey Died in an ATV Accident in Georgia

Authorities reported that a high school student from New Jersey with a bright baseball career passed away on Thanksgiving from wounds sustained in an ATV accident in Georgia.

The Georgia State Patrol reported that the accident, which happened Wednesday night in Hancock County, left Matthew J. Carlson, 16, of Middlesex County, died in a hospital the following day.

Carlson earned varsity baseball and basketball letters when a sophomore at Spotswood High School. His obituary stated that he had lived in Spotswood all of his life.

The Carlson family stated in his obituary that he had “hoped to be able to attend Vanderbilt University (in Nashville) and continue playing the game he loved and maybe advance into playing professionally.”

Carlson also participated in the Zoned Sports Academy’s travel baseball team, the RedHawks. The school released a film memorializing Carlson on Monday, incorporating photos from players, coaches, and parents.

The academy posted a message on Facebook saying, “Matthew, we will miss you and our prayers and blessings go out to your family, friends, teammates, coaches, and everyone that was part of your journey.”

The Georgia State Patrol reports that at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, troopers from Milledgeville were summoned to a single-vehicle collision on Anna Poole Road in Sparta, Hancock County.

The state police stated in a statement that Carlson was driving side-by-side when he lost control and the car overturned.

Carlson was transported by a family member to a nearby hospital, where he received medical attention for his wounds before being transferred to an additional medical facility in Augusta, Georgia. Authorities stated he passed away on Thursday at about 4 a.m.

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Carlson was reportedly operating a 2020 Can-Am Maverick X3 on private land when the collision happened, according to The Union-Recorder of Milledgeville.

According to the obituary, services will be held on Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church in Spotswood and will be followed by a funeral and entombment in South Brunswick on Friday.

On Tuesday, requests for comments from Spotswood Public Schools officials were not immediately fulfilled.

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