Dad loses only son on eve of Father's Day

Jagen Peterson was killed in a buggy accident on Letchford Rd in Darwin River on Saturday night. PICTURE: Facebook
Jagen Peterson was killed in a buggy accident on Letchford Rd in Darwin River on Saturday night. PICTURE: Facebook

IT WAS a horror Father's Day for one Darwin dad who lost his only son in a quad biking accident on Saturday night.

Jagen Peterson was killed when the quadbike he was travelling in hit a pothole on Letchford Rd in Darwin River, about 2km south of Cox Peninsula Rd, at about 7.20pm.

He was riding with another 30-year-old man who raced for help, however Mr Peterson passed away before paramedics could arrive.

Tributes flowed on social media on Sunday

Father Bruce said he was shattered by the loss of his son.

"I've lost my best mate ever. Words can't explain how I feel. What a Father's Day," he posted.

Mr Peterson's girlfriend Baifern Thurlow said she had lost a "great man".

"I lost the person I loved dearly, the man who knew everything about me and dealt with all my crazy emotions," she posted to her Facebook.

"Someone who was stubborn but had a heart of gold.

"Jagen Peterson was a great man ... s**t I love him."

Others also posted their love for Mr Peterson.

"Yesterday I lost the closest cousin that I have," cousin Amy Peterson posted to Facebook. "I still can't believe it. I love you Jags."

"I can't believe you are not longer here. My lil big baby cousin Jagen," another cousin Alicia Caravaggio posted.

"It has hit me more than expected and all I can do is think back to when we were kiddies."

Duty Superintendent Brendan Lidner said the accident at around 7.20pm.

"Exact circumstances surrounding the crash are ongoing, however early indications suggest the driver failed to negotiate a washout in the road causing the buggy to roll," he said.

"One male died at the scene after being ejected from the vehicle. The other male ran to a nearby residence where he was able to alert emergency services.

"It is believed that no seatbelts or helmets were worn at the time of the crash.

The man who called for help was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, including shock. St John Ambulance spokesman Craig Garraway said he urged all quadbike riders to be careful, and always wear seatbelts.

This is the second death involving an ATV in the Darwin rural area in as many months.

Mr Peterson's death was also the second on the Territory's roads in 24 hours.

A pedestrian was killed after he was hit by a motorbike at Palmerston, on Friday evening.

The 42-year-old is believed to have stepped out into traffic on Elrundie Ave, near the intersection with Chung Wah Tce, on Friday evening.

The NT road toll now stands at 22, compared with 28 this time last year.

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