Boy dies after nighttime ATV accident

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By The Staff

A Williston boy who would have turned 4 next month died last week in an ATV accident north of Williston.

Aaron Donald Ford, known as Peanut, who was born Nov. 8, 2004, died when an ATV driven by Michael J. Hoolihan, 51, drove into a rock pit filled with water, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident occurred on private property at 5550 N.E. State Road 121, about a mile north of Williston, at about 10 p.m.

According to FHP, Hoolihan attempted to locate Aaron, but couldn't find him and went to get help. Later the boy was found by divers after about three hours.

No charges have been filed, but an investigation is continuing.

The report says the boy was using a seatbelt and was not wearing a helmet.

According to a release from the family, "Aaron brought so much love, joy, and happiness to family, friends, all who were fortunate to meet him. He was a very happy, outgoing child. Aaron loved mud bogging, 4-wheeling, working with tools, the beach, Spiderman, and teasing his brothers and sister. Aaron loved books, every night he would pick out a bedtime story for Mama to read. Being the youngest Aaron was truly a Mama's boy. Aaron was a student at Kids and Company; Ms. BaLinda was his caring teacher."

According to the family, Aaron was born in Valdosta, Ga., to Tracy Kyllonen Ford of Williston and Terry Ford of Lakeland, Ga. He has two brothers, Alex and Allen Ford of Lakeland, Ga., half-sister Tiffany Oliver of Williston, Daddy Bill Oliver of Williston, maternal grandparents Carol Kyllonen and Herbert McIver of Orlando, paternal grandparents Virginia and Winston Ganas of Lakeland, favorite aunt Melissa Kyllonen Lipsey and Uncle Chip Lipsey, cousins Nicole and Matthew Niemi, uncles Rocky and Ron Kyllonen, Aunt Jane, cousins Nicholas and Sara Kyllonen, great grandmother Helen Hendricks all of Lewiston, Maine; uncles Ricky and Aunt Lynn Ford, cousins John and Donald Ford of Ray City, Ga., step-grandparents Sandy Oliver and C.D. Kennedy of St. Petersburg, aunt Kelly Oliver and uncle Mike Hoolihan, also known as Peanut's Pop of Williston, special friends, Aunt Stephanie and Uncle John Skinner of Lakeland, Ga., and many great aunts, uncles and cousins from Maine to Georgia.

The family says that "We all must take comfort in knowing that Aaron left us doing what he loved. He was loved by all he touched and we will miss him forever."

His funeral was held Wednesday night at Knauff Funeral Home.