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Funeral held for MJ child struck by vehicle

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Witnesses called for help immediately, and a Wilson County Emergency Management Agency ambulance transported the child to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Sgt. Tyler Chandler, in a news release, said Mt. Juliet police officers closed intersections through Mt. Juliet while the ambulance was en route to the hospital to prevent any delay. Upon arrival to the hospital, Ethan was pronounced dead.Chandler said a Mt. Juliet Police Department crash reconstructionist investigated the incident and was assisted by Lebanon Police Departments crime scene investigators.

The investigation revealed that this was an extremely tragic, sad event, he said, noting the driver of the pickup truck was driving down the driveway and noticed a bicycle laying in the driveways path. (The driver) stopped, and Ethan removed the bicycle out of the way. (The driver) proceeded forward, and Ethan began to run alongside the truck. Ethan tripped and fell into the trucks path, which led to him being struck.

Chandler said that no criminal charges will be filed against the pickup truck driver. The cancer benefit that was to be held on Sunday, June 23, was cancelled, but it will be rescheduled in the near future.

Our community is grieving with the Page family. This is such a terrible, terrible incident. Any tragic death of a child is very sad and difficult to deal with, said MJPD Chief James Hambrick. Our departments thoughts and prayers are with the family, community and our emergency responders.

Ethans parents, Jeremy Page and Cassandra Childree, work for WEMA. In addition to his parents, Ethan is survived by his sister, Leila Page; step-sister, Landry Childree; step-father, Joe Childree; paternal grandparents, Rufus and Nana Joy Page; maternal grandparents, Jim and Robina Mawmaw Adkins; aunts, Jennifer Page and Hannah Vickers; uncle, Mike Vickers; and his precious little girlfriend, Anny Lynn. Ethan is also survived by many great-uncles, great-aunts, cousins and family members.

Services were scheduled at Mt. Juliet Family Worship Center on North Mt. Juliet Road with the Rev. Danny Sellars and Pastor Greg Locke to officiate. Interment was at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with Aaron Hicks, Danny Clark, Chad Fresen and Eric Eldridge serving as pallbearers. Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Honor Guard was to serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that small, childrens toys be donated in Ethans memory to WEMA.Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet was in charge of arrangements.

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