The 15-year-old brother of reality TV star Olivia Plath was killed on Thursday when a car hit him as he was riding his electric bike.
Micah Meggs died at the scene after he was struck by a Honda Accord on U.S. 220 in Franklin County, Virginia, The Roanoke Times reported.
The family said that Micah suffered from cerebral palsy, which was a result of an injury to the network of nerves in the shoulder, the brachial plexus, during birth.
Plath, 25, who stars in the Georgia-based family docuseries Welcome To Plathville, wrote on Instagram stories: ‘I lost a younger brother last night to an unexpected accident and I need some clarity and space for grieving.’
Olivia, who is wed to Ethan Plath, 24, said she was ‘jumping off of social media for a bit’ and ‘taking some space now’ in the wake of the tragedy.
Tragic: Welcome to Plathville’s Olivia Plath has revealed that her 15-year-old brother Micah Meggs was killed after he was struck by car while riding an electric bike Thursday
In the incident, Meggs was in the right southbound lane on the route when he was struck by the vehicle.
The accident happened less than a mile north of Virginia 619.
The driver of the Honda did not suffer any injuries.
Micah is the ninth of Don and Karen Meggs’ 10 children.
He is survived by his parents, grandmothers, siblings Elijah, Joshua, Elise, Lydia, Sophia, Nathan, Carris and Kirsten, and nieces and nephews, his family said in an obituary.
Micah was always seeking to spread joy to those close to him, according to his relatives.
‘Micah loved to hang out with his siblings and a few close friends, playing practical jokes, sharing his understated sense of humor and bringing laughs to those he loved,’ the family said.
Micah’s family said his ‘fun-loving and intrepid determination characterized his life.’
They said he ‘enjoyed spending his time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and trapping, and became a skilled outdoorsman.’
The family added: ‘He enjoyed displaying his trophies and making video tutorials to teach others how to enjoy the life he loved.’
Micah is the ninth of Don and Karen Meggs’ 10 children, and enjoyed the outdoors, his family said
Plath said she was ‘jumping off of social media for a bit’ and ‘taking some space now’ in the wake of the tragedy
Plath said Tuesday that she was ‘on a social media break due to a family death’
While his cerebral palsy ‘made it difficult for him to do the things he enjoyed so much,’ his family said, Micah ‘never complained or let himself be limited by his disability and continually found ways to pursue his outdoor activities despite this struggle.’
They added: ‘Micah brought tremendous light, laughter and love into every life he touched and his presence will be greatly missed.’
The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations to the United Brachial Plexus Network.
Welcome to Plathville debuted on TLC in 2019, featuring Olivia and Ethan, his eight siblings, and parents Barry and Kim Plath.
According to a show synopsis from TLC, the Plaths ‘are a blonde, blue-eyed family of 11 in southeastern Georgia’ who ‘share a passion for music, religion, family life and traditional roles.’