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Wednesday, May 31, 2006


There are just so many ATV/ORV accident reports that I receive every day and you probably are as tired of reading them as I am. The ones that concern me the most involve KIDS; I don't care what state they are from.

I promise, after today, I will only print or give links to stories of ATV accidents involving kids. There are just TOO many other wise. I'm hoping that there won't be any more stories to print or links to give you.

2 tragic accidents mar holiday
By JOHN PEPIN, Journal Munising Bureau

MANISTIQUE — Holiday weekend traffic crashes claimed the lives of two children riding off-road vehicles and injured a third in Schoolcraft and Mackinac counties, while four other people were hurt in motor vehicle accidents in Alger and Mackinac counties.

Eleven-year-old Kirsten Lake of downstate Middleville was killed shortly before 1 p.m., when she was thrown from an off-road vehicle that was turning on a gravel road.The all-terrain vehicle was driven by 13-year-old Briana Schnittker, also of Middleville. Schnittker was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique by Luce County EMS personnel with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Schnittker’s was treated and released at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. Police said both of the girls were thrown from the vehicle, with Lake pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not know this morning whether the girls were related.The crash occurred on West Edge Road in Germfask Township in Schoolcraft County.

The girls were riding a 2006 Yamaha Rhino 660. Police said the driver of the ORV apparently lost control when turning and both occupants were thrown from the machine as it slid and flipped over.Police said the girls did not appear to be under direct adult supervision at the time of the accident.

Michigan State Police troopers from the Manistique post were continuing to investigate the accident today.Details of the case would be turned over to Schoolcraft County Prosecutor Peter Hollenbeck for further review.

Emergency responders from Germfask, Manistique EMS personnel, deputies from the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department and a state police trooper from the Newberry post assisted at the scene.

In Michigan, children under 12 years old may not operate an off-road vehicle. Those between the ages 12-15 can only drive one legally if they’ve passed a safety course, possess a valid ORV safety certificate and are under the visual supervision of an adult.

Teens burned in ATV accident
The Record Published Monday, May 29, 2006

MORADA — A pair of teens engulfed in flames during an off-road vehicle accident this afternoon ran to a nearby house where they were doused with water from a garden hose, said Capt. Marcus Omlin of the Waterloo Morada Fire District.
The boy, 13, and girl, 16, were riding together when they ran off the road and rammed a power pole. The 3:20 p.m. accident in the 7100 block of Uyeda Avenue caused an explosion and small grass fire, Omlin said.
The pair suffered second- and third-degree burns over more than 50 percent of their bodies, Omlin said.The boy was flown by helicopter to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, and the girl was taken by ground ambulance to an area hospital, Omlin said.Their names were unavailable.

Teenager dies after being thrown from ATVMILLBROOK, N.Y.
An 18-year-old woman dies of head injuries after being thrown from an all-terrain-vehicle driven by a younger friend.

State police in Millbrook, 13 miles northeast of Poughkeepsie, say the accident happened at 9:30 Monday morning when the 16-year-old girl driving the A-T-V hit a dirt berm. Both riders were thrown from the A-T-V.

Heather Camara of Poughkeepsie was pronounced dead at the hospital. The younger girl suffered chest pains.

Heather's mother, Kathy Mattes, told the Poughkeepsie Journal that her daughter always wore a helmet when she rode the family's four-wheeler. But on her friend's vehicle, she didn't wear one. Her mother said a helmet probably would have saved Heather's life.

California boy killed in ATV accident while visiting Arkansas
Associated Press
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - A California boy was killed when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding while visiting relatives in Arkansas flipped over and crushed him.

Ashton Potter, 11, of Los Banos, Calif., had been visiting with his mother and stepfather during the Memorial Day weekend. The boy, riding alone at a construction site Monday, attempted to climb an embankment when the ATV flipped.

Benton County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Gay said the boy had no experience with ATVs and wasn't wearing a helmet. Other children who had been playing at the family's home noticed they hadn't seen Potter for awhile and searched for him.

Gay said Potter suffered head injuries and died at the scene


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