By The Perquimans Weekly Staff. From The Perquimans Weekly. Originally posted: June 17, 2016. Original Article.


A Perquimans County teenager died Thursday from injuries she suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Perquimans Sheriff Eric Tilley said Madelyn Marie Byrum, 14, of the 300 block of Goodwin Mill Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tilley said Byrum and another girl were aboard a Polaris ATV on property belonging to Byrum’s family off Goodwin Mill Road, when the ATV hit both a culvert and a small tree and flipped over, trapping Byrum underneath the vehicle.

The other girl was not seriously injured and ran to get help, Tilley said.

The Belvidere Fire Department responded but had to get a truck to lift the ATV off Byrum, he said.

“They couldn’t lift it off by hand,” Tilley said.

Neither of the girls were wearing seat belts or helmets, the sheriff said. Tilley said state law requires helmets for ATV riders of a certain age based on the horsepower of the vehicle. Tilley didn’t know the horsepower of the ATV the girls were riding.

Tilley said he has no intention of pursuing any charges in the matter.

“I’m not getting into it,” Tilley said. “Somebody just lost their child.”

Byrum, who had just completed the ninth grade at Perquimans County High School, was the daughter of Paul Matthew Byrum Jr. and Carrie Bridgers Byrum. She is