Savannah Children Hurt When Thrown From ATV
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Two children, aged two and five, suffered serious injuries after being tossed off of an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) in Savannah on Saturday, September 22, 2018, according to kttn.com. Although the injuries are serious, the two children are expected to survive. Georgia Highway Patrol officers have not indicated if the operator of the ATV will face criminal charges.*
This potentially tragic and senseless incident happened on private property about five miles northwest of Savannah. The operator of the ATV, 32-year-old John Hummer drove his two daughters, Eliza, who is two, and Alivia, who is five, around the property on the ATV. No one wore a helmet or other safety equipment.
Georgia Highway Patrol officers stated that as John approached an embankment, the ATV turned clockwise as hit applied the machine’s brakes. The ATV slid clockwise and rolled over. The ATV rolled down the embankment and landed on its wheels. All three passengers were ejected from the ATV.
John Hummer reported that he was not injured in the accident. He brought Eliza and Alivia to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph in a private vehicle. He did not summon authorities to the property on which the accident occurred. The Georgia Highway Patrol did not indicate whether they intended on charging John Hummer with any crimes.
ATV riding is dangerous. The federal government calculated that 520 adults and 70 children aged 16 and under died in ATV accidents in 2013, which is the last year ATV fatality stats are available. In 2016, the government estimated that over 101,200 people suffered injuries in ATV accidents. Most injuries accidents victims suffer are to the head and neck areas or the hands and arms.
Georgia does not rank in the top ten deadliest states for ATV accidents. However, Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina do make the top ten deadliest states for ATV crashes.
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