A 6-year-old died after an all-terrain vehicle crashed northwest of Hartington on Saturday morning.

Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said his office responded to a call about 10:50 a.m. after a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle had driven over an embankment. It had flipped on top of the driver, a 6-year-old boy, who was later identified as Porter Thomas Noecker, son of Jesse and Marie Noecker.

Noecker was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, where he was pronounced dead.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating.

Burial will be at St. Michael’s cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at church, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to services at church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

The accident remains under investigation. Hartington fire and rescue officials also responded to the scene.


Original story posted Sept. 11 at 3:36 p.m.

A 6-year-old died after an all-terrain vehicle crashed northwest of Hartington Saturday morning.

Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said his office responded to a call about 10:50 a.m. after a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle had driven over an embankment and flipped on top of the driver, a 6-year-old boy.

The boy was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton where he was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation.

Hartington fire and rescue officials also responded to the scene.

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