LILBURN — Austin “AJ” Zwigart, in from Pennsylvania to visit family, may have been attempting to jump a creek on his dirt bike last week when holiday mischief turned to tragedy.
The Lilburn Police Department has now identified Zwigart as the 15-year-old killed while riding dirt bikes with his cousin on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving. According to authorities, the duo was riding on “private power company property adjacent to Arcado Elementary School,” about a quarter-mile behind a locked gate, when the accident occurred.
“AJ, either intentionally or unintentionally, tried to cross a small creek that ran perpendicular to his path of travel,” Capt. Thomas Bardugon said Tuesday. “The creek was approximately 10 feet across and the banks of the creek were approximately three feet high.”
“The dirt bike struck the back on the far sire and AJ was thrown off the bike and head first into the bank.”
Zwigart’s cousin caught up a few seconds later and found him unresponsive. Emergency personnel responded but “found no signs of life” from the teen either, Bardugon said.
No charges will be filed in the incident.
According to an online obituary, Zwigart was an eighth-grader at Mars Middle School in Valencia, Pa., about 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh. He was an “avid dirt bike rider and enjoyed football, wrestling and hunting.”
He is survived by his parents, two siblings and three step-siblings.