Boy who died on dirt bike had just gotten his new toy

Marcus Mendell

BUCHANAN DAM, Texas (KXAN) — On Tuesday evening, Michelle Cooper was telling her 12-year-old son, Marcus Mendell, to come back into the house after spending all afternoon riding around on his brand new dirt bike.

When Marcus didn’t show up but his friend did, Cooper knew something was wrong.

“My son’s friend comes running in, five minutes later and says ‘Marcus’ been hit,’ I said ‘What? And I could tell by her face it was bad,” said Cooper.

A car driven by Timothy Gardner of Buchanan Dam, struck Marcus, killing him instantly.

Now going through some of his pictures, Cooper is left with just memories of her son’s happy face.

“He was awesome,” said Cooper. “If somebody didn’t have something he’d give it to him.”

Marcus was a 6th grade student at Burnet Middle School.

Funeral service for Marcus will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at Chapel of the Hills in Buchanan Dam, Texas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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