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9-Year-Old Boy Electrocuted By Downed Power Line

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Christopher Ellison (Photo provided by family) Christopher Ellison (Photo provided by family)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 9-year-old boy was killed after being electrocuted by a live downed power line south of downtown Nashville Thursday night.

Metro Police said Christopher Ellison was with a friend in the 500 block of Charles E. Davis Boulevard around 9:30 p.m. when he was shocked by the line.

Ellison was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

NewsChannel 5 learned that Ellison was outside with a group of children and riding a bicycle when he struck the line, which was knocked down by a large tree limb during high winds. He was apparently thrown to the ground.

"I (saw) him walk down the steps and walk out the back door," cousin Donzell White remembers. "I never thought that would be the last day I (would see) my cousin Chris."

Officials said Ellison was out with a young friend trick-or-treating when the incident happened.

"I'll take Halloween back if I could. It would never come," Aunt Pat Bevels said. "I will never let it come no more."

Emergency medical technicians from the Nashville Fire Department and officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department responded to the scene.

"Anything (Chris) knew he could've helped you with, he would've helped you," White said tearfully.

The Nashville Electric Service released a statement Friday, expressing their condolences to Ellison's family: "Nashville Electric Service would like to express its sincere condolences to the family of nine-year-old Christopher Ellison who passed away last night as a result of a tragic accident involving a power line. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time."

NES said they were more than 50 downed wires reported due to high winds. The electric company said there may still be downed power lines and to assume every wire is live. If you see a downed wire, call 911 to report its location.

At the height of the storms around 8:45 p.m. Thursday, NES reported as many as 14,000 without power around Davidson County. By 1:30 p.m. Friday, about 860 customers remained without power.

Ellison attended Robert Churchwell Elementary but recently enrolled in Napier Elementary. Napier is collecting donation to assist Ellison's family and will provide grief counselors for staff and students on Monday.

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