DOVER — The world has lost a potential car designer, or perhaps a master mechanic.
Before he never got the chance to see his love of the automobile to its full extent, Timothy James Jorgenson, 10, of rural Kansasville died. Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne said Timothy was pronounced dead Thursday morning at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa, where he had been since an ATV accident on Monday afternoon at his uncle’s property in Dover.
Timothy was being kept on a ventilator until surgery scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday to retrieve his organs.
Timothy’s mother, Melissa Jorgenson, said Timothy was injured when he crashed his 90cc youth ATV into a trailer.
“It was just a freak accident. Timmy had never even bumped a tree with his four wheeler. He’s never had anything happen,” Melissa Jorgenson said Friday night.
“He was going up the driveway and he turned his head to look at the other kids and then ran into a trailer.”
“He never really woke up from that point,” Melissa said.
Timothy was riding with his cousins, ages 13 and 9, Melissa Jorgenson said, who added that his cousins were like brothers to her only child.
Living in rural Racine County, Timothy enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing and riding his bicycle. But once indoors, he was busy devouring all he could about cars, from Lamborghinis to muscle cars.
“When he turned 16 he wanted to have a 1966 GTO,” his mom said.
He was also wild about the video game “Minecraft” and was part of the Minecraft Club at his school.
Timothy had attended Cooper Elementary School in Burlington for his entire short academic career. The Jorgensons on Friday afternoon met with school staff to share memories and talk about how to break the news to Timothy’s classmates.
Melissa Jorgenson and her husband, Jim, said they took solace knowing their son was leaving a legacy.
“They said he is going to be able to help so many kids and that makes it so worth it,” said Melissa Jorgenson. “And Timmy would have done this in a hot second for anybody. He was such a caring and helpful boy. So I know he’s right on board with this, too.”
Asked what she wanted to let readers know about her son, Melissa Jorgenson said: “Tell them how funny he was and how kind he was. He didn’t have a mean or bad bone in his body.”
“It’s just sad his life was cut off at 10 years old. But it was the best 10 years we ever had,” Melissa Jorgenson said.