This is one of the stories that I couldn't publish the link for due to the length of the link:
Girl dies in ATV accident
By Sophia Voravongsvoravong@journalandcourier.com
Members of the Lafayette Police Department are lending their support and condolences to a fellow officer whose 31/2-year-old daughter died Friday afternoon in an all-terrain vehicle crash near Dayton.
Reese Clawson was riding with her grandmother, Vicki Harner, on the ATV through the Harners' private property in the 8600 block of East County Road 375 South when the four-wheeler wrecked Friday, investigators said. Harner called 911 about 3 p.m.
The child was thrown from the ATV and was pronounced dead at the scene, said conservation officer Matt Tholen with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Harner, 56, who also was thrown, was taken to Home Hospital with internal bleeding and later flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Police officials said the young girl is the daughter of four-year LPD veteran Brian Clawson, who was attending special response team training in Ohio at the time.
"The heart and the soul of the Lafayette Police Department is with Brian at this time," deputy police chief John Dennis said. "Our prayers go out to him and his family."
Tholen, Tippecanoe County's DNR public information officer, said the ATV collided with a tree, but it wasn't immediately known whether the tree was the initial point of impact.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Officials are looking whether rough terrain caused Harner to lose control of the vehicle or if the ATV malfunctioned, Tholen said.
Neither rider was wearing a helmet, but there is no law requiring ATV riders to don one. Reese was sitting in front of the grandmother, Tholen said.
State and federal laws do not specify how old a person must be to ride as a passenger on an ATV, Tholen said. But manufacturers recommend riders be at least 16 years old, he said.
About 10 minutes before the grandmother was flown to Indianapolis, Tholen said he and another investigator were trying to get a statement from her and further details of the crash.
Lafayette police Chief Don Roush, who was out of town Friday and contacted about the girl's death, said the department will help Clawson any way it can.
Clawson will be allowed to take as much time as he needs to heal, Roush said.
"He's one of the LPD family. We will lend any support he needs, anytime, anywhere," Roush said. "We will go through it with him and assist him. ... I will do anything that man needs."
Dennis said LPD has a specialized unit to help officers and their family during grieving processes after deaths or other serious incidents. That team has been activated to assist Clawson, he said.
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