HUDSON — Zankhril Phillips grew up with a love of riding motorcycles. His mother, Virginia Phillips, said he kept getting bigger and better ones, and eventually he bought an all-terrain vehicle.
He rode and raced on that 2006 Honda ATV with friends — and that was the vehicle he was driving when he lost his life early Saturday.
His mother said Phillips, 23, had gotten home about 10 p.m. Friday from his job installing windows and doors and went straight to the shower to clean up. "See you later," he said as he walked out the door.
Phillips was driving his ATV north on Kelly Road when he missed a curve near Aubrey Avenue and drove into a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He and a passenger, Thomas Allen Carmack, 21, were both thrown from the ATV.
Mrs. Phillips said the men were headed for a party. She received a call Saturday morning saying her son had died in an accident. A friend who was driving to work found Phillips' body about 6:30 a.m. Mrs. Phillips said she checked her son's phone records, and saw he made his last call at 2:30 a.m.
"His friend saw his quad and he stopped, and immediately called 911 when he saw Zank," Mrs. Phillips said.
A nurse who lived nearby administered CPR, but when the ambulance came they could not revive Phillips, his mother said.
Carmack was found "stumbling around in the field," she added. He was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition. The hospital said he underwent surgery on Monday.
His parents could not be reached for an update on his condition.
Records show both men had spotty driving histories. Phillips was convicted of a DUI last year. Carmack was charged in February with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. Both cases are still pending, but a DUI charge was dismissed.
Mrs. Phillips said a candlelight vigil was held Sunday on Kelley Road, near the scene of the accident, and she found that her son was loved by many. "Everybody had candles and had little pins and they told us how much they loved him," she said.
Times news researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report. Jacqueline Baylon can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.