A 16-year-old Isom youth died yesterday (Tuesday) after police said he pulled his moped onto a highway in front of a garbage truck.
Marlin J. Sandlin II, a junior at Letcher County Central High School, was pronounced dead at 12:40 p.m. on Feb. 2 by Letcher County Coroner Wallace Bolling Jr.
Kentucky State Police said Sandlin pulled onto Ky 15 from the parking lot of Paradise Pizza and East Kentucky Tobacco at Isom into the path of a garbage truck operated by Boyd Spencer.
State police said Spencer received no injuries.
The investigation is continuing by KSP Trooper Randy Surber.
Rick Pack, manager of East Kentucky Tobacco, said Sandlin often came by the Isom store, which is located about a quarter of a mile from Sandlin’s residence, to buy soft drinks and snack cakes.
“He seemed to be a friendly person,” said Pack. Pack said Sandlin asked him how he was doing, got his change and left the store on Feb. 2.
“He just came in and got him a pop and came out and that happened,” said Pack. “I guess I was the last one to talk to him.”
Stephen Boggs, principal of LCCHS, said Sandlin was a good kid who came from a good family.
“I had watched him mature and was watching him grow into a fine young man,” said Boggs.
Regina Brown, U.S. history teacher at LCCHS, said Sandlin was “just a real outdoors kind of guy” who was interested in mechanics and riding four-wheelers. She said he raised chickens and sold eggs for a $1 a dozen last year.
Brown said Sandlin enjoyed helping students work on computers.
“He was a likeable kid,” said Brown. “He yearned for attention.”
Brown said Sandlin liked to pull practical jokes on teachers and classmates.
“He was a good kid,” said Brown. Letcher Funeral Home has charge of arrangements, which were incomplete at press time.