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9-year-old boy injured in ATV mishap

By Marc Giauque  |  Posted May 19th, 2009 @ 12:47pm


OAKLEY -- A 9-year-old boy was critically injured in an ATV accident in Summit County.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office said the boy apparently was helping his 12-year-old brother in backing a Polaris Ranger 4x4 700 ATV into a garage at the family's home in Oakley Monday around 8:45 p.m.

The 9-year-old was reportedly standing behind the ATV when the operator lost control and the ATV backed over him.

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Sgt. Nick Wilkinson, with the Summit County Sheriff's Office, said, "The brother stated that it was just an accident. He apparently stepped on the gas instead of the brake, so instead of stopping, he accelerated backwards."

Wilkinson said the ATV partially ran over the boy, causing serious head and chest injuries.

Wilkinson said the 12-year-old and another brother were able to get him out and attend to the boy while medical crews were dispatched. Deputies say the boy was unresponsive when those crews arrived.

He was flown to Primary Children's Medical Center in critical condition. He was still listed in critical condition Tuesday morning.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, but deputies say it appears to have simply been a tragic accident.

In many rural areas, deputies say use of ATVs is a way of life for farming and ranching work, as well as recreation. If they're going to operate ATVs at all, Wilkinson said children under 16 should always have parental supervision. He said parents should also make sure their children attend driver safety classes.


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