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4-Wheeling Turns Tragic when 10-Year Old Dies

4-Wheeling Turns Tragic when 10-Year Old Dies

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Alex Cabrero ReportingFour-wheelers are becoming so common it's easy to ignore how dangerous they can be. But over the weekend a 10-year old Utah boy died in an ATV accident.

Chances are you've been on one before, but did you ever think you could die on one?

Eric Stucki, Utah OHV Trainer: “There are some safety things people need to know before they head on out.”

Eric Stucki has been busier than ever, but as Utah's ATV trainer he wishes he was busier, especially with children.

Eric Stucki: "At first, parents are a little apprehensive about going to the class, but once they do with a child, they realize a lot the children are learning, and the parents too."

But no matter how many classes he teaches, there is a sign at the Little Sahara Sand Dunes in Juab County that proves not everyone is listening – it marks the last time an accident occurred, and it rarely goes over ten days.

The sand dunes are meant to be fun. You're supposed to have a good time driving your 4-wheeler or motorcycle over them. But too often here, that fun turns into tragedy. You can't stress enough, to be safe.

Sheriff Alden Orme: “A dune will be there one week and the next it’ll be different.”

Maybe that's what happened this past weekend when 10-year old Braden Jessop was killed. Sheriff Alden Orme says he was a passenger on his fathers 4-wheeler when the father lost control and flipped it.

Sheriff Alden Orme: "It breaks your heart, but the amount of grief is so minute to what the family feels."

It's easy to forget about safety when you're having so much fun, but that's also why you have to try so hard to remember it.

Braden Jessop was wearing a helmet, but it came off during the accident. His funeral is tomorrow.

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