Channel 4 in Jacksonville reports than an 18-year-old man died on Friday night, August 26, when he was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and hit a metal gate. Florida Highway Patrol troopers report the crash happened on County Landfill Road in Palatka around 10 p.m. The young man was from Ocala and riding eastbound on the dirt road on a 2003 Honda four-wheeler. For some reason he was thrown into the closed metal gate and his stomach and chest were injured. He was taken to Putnam Community Medical Center but pronounced dead after 35 minutes, according to the FHP report.
Our condolences go out to this man’s friends and family for his sudden death. They are in our prayers. Read the rest »
It’s been nearly one year since a beautiful 18-year-old teen who had just graduated high school was killed in a head-on collision with a pickup truck while she was riding a dirt bike on Wildwood Drive at South Winter Hawk Drive in St. Augustine. Everyone wondered what happened to the investigation into the pickup driver who hit her head-on. Several people had call in reports to law enforcement about a man who had been seen driving erratically before the crash with the girl. The teen was yards away from her home at the time of the collision. She was not wearing a helmet.
Now an arrest has been made. After nearly a year, the FHP arrested a 51-year-old man and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash. He will face a DUI manslaughter charge that can bring up to 15 years in state prison. After the July 8 crash, a blood test was taken on the driver and investigators found Xanax, cocaine and methadone in his system. Read the rest »
Three adolescents were injured in a Honda ATV four-wheeler crash recently in St. Johns County. News4Jax reports that the two boys and a girl were riding the off-road vehicle in the 1700 block of Carter Road off CR 214 in St. Augustine when the 11-year-old, sitting in front of the 14-year-old driver, hit the brakes as they rounded a curve. The four-wheeler rolled and all three were thrown off the vehicle. The oldest boy told St. Johns County deputies that he took the vehicle from his father without asking, knowing he had been told not to ride the four-wheeler. The three were taken by ambulance to Flagler Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Four-wheel off-road vehicles are not allowed on the streets. As a result, the 14-year-old is facing three charges of careless driving, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and operating an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway, according to a news release by the St. Johns Sheriff’s office. Read the rest »
A new federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on deadly accidents last year that involved all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) was recently released. An ATV is an off-road motorized vehicle with three or four low pressure tires, a straddle seat, and handlebars. Recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) have a bench or bucket seat and were not included in the report.
By the end of December 2009, the CPSC had reports of 10,281 ATV-related deaths that occurred between 1982 and 2009. In 2009, there were 376 reported deaths, and in 2008 there were 616, a slight reduction from the peak year for fatalities in 2006, when there were 833 deaths. In Florida, the report says there were 361 deaths related to ATVs from 1982 to 2006. There were an additional 86 deaths from 2007 to 2009 totaling 447, making Florida the state sixth in line with the highest number of fatalities behind California, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Read the rest »
We blog all too frequently about children who are hurt or killed in off-highway vehicles or ATVs.
Now the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is looking into the design of a handful of brands associated with more than 30 fatalities. The Yamaha Motor Company’s Rhino is one of those brands.
The Wall Street Journal named Yamaha as one the focus of the deaths, though the company would not confirm that. Yamaha does not agree with the WSJ’s fatality tally.
An off-road vehicle is different from an ATV in that they are larger and have two side-by-side seats and a protective roll cage, which is not required of ATVs. Read the rest »
This week a couple of teens riding an all-terrain vehicle in Baker County, smashed into a tree after losing control of the ATV on a dirt road.
They were both in serious condition; neither of them wore a helmet according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 17-year-old Michael Jewel of Sanderson was driving. The passenger was Thomas Harvey, 17, of Glen St. Mary.
Riders and passengers of ATVs frequently suffer spinal cord injuries as they dive over the handlebars. Read the rest »
Students at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County in north Florida are mourning a senior who was killed this week in a motocross track accident in Flagler County, Florida.
Bennet “Ben” Gordon Geiger Jr. was just 17 years old. He had been riding motocross for two years, experienced at jumping the motorcycle tracks. He was on a practice ride at the Pax Trax Motocross in Bunnell Tuesday when his motorcycle flipped on top of him after a jump.
He was wearing a helmet and had reportedly been on the motorcycle for at least an hour when the accident occurred.He eventually died at Flagler Hospital.An autopsy will be conducted.
First Coast News reports that the Bunnell Police Department reportedly had a hard time putting together the scene because Geiger’s bike, helmet and clothing were moved before they got there to investigate. Read the rest »
They look like small two-seater jeeps. The Yamaha Rhino are the latest fun vehicle blamed for serious injuries called by rollovers.
In March, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a voluntary recall of 2008 Rhino Side-by-Side vehicles because of a risk of brake failure that affects about 7,800 vehicles.
But brakes are not their only problem.
In a rollover in the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), victims are suffering devastating and debilitating injuries such as the loss of the lower limbs and serious head injuries. Read the rest »