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12-year-old injured in ATV wreck

Posted July 2, 2008

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— A 12-year-old was injured Wednesday afternoon when he flipped the all-terrain vehicle he was riding in some woods, authorities said.

It happened about 1 p.m. near the corner of Shoe Heel Road and Old Beulah Road near Kenly. The boy was taken to Duke University Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Another boy was also riding the ATV with him, but he was not injured.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office was nvestigating the wreck Wednesday afternoon.

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  • coolsportscat Jul 9, 2008

    I think its REALLY STUPID that people have the time to sit here and make STUPID comments about other peoples bussiness...Yes the boy was driving a atv but think about it back in the day kids drove tractors who lived on farms..Its the same thing people can get hurt doing anything.. you think the parents of a kid who gets hurt riding a bike without a helmet should be charged ?? I dont think so..this is the same situation.. And to who ever said the boy was with a sheriffs son they were wrong...So if you dont even know what your talking about you should say nothing at all..

  • joannbb Jul 8, 2008

    I know personally the child and his parents. They are very caring and loving people. They would not intentially allow their child to hurt or kill himself. We hould not say anything until they have stepped in another person shoes. You may not let your child ride an ATV but they ride in car or bus everyday and this very same thing could happen to you just on a different vehicle. The hole family is devastated we should consider their feelings before we call someone stupid

  • DougWare.NET Jul 3, 2008

    amyrn, I agree with you 110%! First of all, the kid who had two drunk adults play chicken with him, I've had the same thing happen to me. However, I was about 6 years old at the time and I was on the back of my dad's bike as he was riding it down the road. I still VIVIDLY remember them trying to run us off the road like 6 times, I was so scared.

    Overall, my point is that parents need to know the limits of their children. If a twelve year old is responsible and knows his own limits, then I see nothing wrong with him having an ATV. To me the biggest problem is that parents don't know their own kids enough to know their limits, or simply don't care. I can't speak to this case, it may have been a simple accident. As most of us here have mentioned, accidents will happen no matter what and you can't protect kids from everything.

  • HappyGirl08 Jul 3, 2008

    WHEN WILL PEOPLE STOP BUYING THESE FOR THEIR CHILDREN?? IT'S STUPID!!!

  • amyrn Jul 3, 2008

    Well, not to argue with Doug who was on EMS, but I was an Emergency room nurse and some of the worst accidents I saw involved a 12 year old on an ATV and a couple of drunk adults that decided to play chicken on two of them. I felt really sorry for the kid but not for the adults......idiots. However, besides those two, I probably saw two or three a week during the summer months involving kids. One kid I know had his leg broken so severely that he had to have several surgeries and was on crutches for months. I also have a friend that had both her legs broken when her 10 year old son drove one directly into her by accident pinning her between the ATV and a car...But, you can get hurt on anything. Its not the "toy", its the operator!!!

  • TarHeelPeele Jul 3, 2008

    Thank goodness all these overprotective soccer moms who think the parents should be charged for this are not the law. There would be a lot of parents charged with crimes out there. I guess the time I flipped my bike busted my head and broke my collarbone would have landed my folks with an ER bill and a criminal charge too. It's such a foolish idea it just makes you have to laugh. I don't know, could a brain have possibly gotten into the way before someone posted this garbage?

  • Go Georgia Tech Jul 3, 2008

    your right there batcave- was wondering myself why this is news when the guy who has 22 child rape charges in RM is not covered..

  • DougWare.NET Jul 3, 2008

    I wish that everyone saying "charge the parents" would stick their noses somewhere else. It's not the government's job to stick their noses in every choice made, everywhere and anytime they see fit. People are hurt every year doing lots of stuff, you can't and shouldn't regulate it.

    I'm not saying that this ATV was a wise choice for this child, but kids find ways to get hurt riding bicycles...this is no different.

    BTW, I lived in Kenly a very short distance away from this accident for 20 years of my life. I served many years on Kenly EMS (before the county took control of Kenly EMS) and I answered plenty of calls for accidents on ATVs, some minor and some major. I answered more calls for kids who "fell down" and got hurt as I did for ATV accidents.

    Kids and parents make bad choices, that will never change. A parent should know a child's limits (much better than the government who lumps everyone into one group) and can make batter decisions for that child.

  • batcave Jul 3, 2008

    dogs and atvs Yawn slow news day, maybe it will pick up after some fireworks accidents.

  • Travised Jul 3, 2008

    On PRIVATE land the law doesn't really apply. Children can operate them on your (farm) or multiple acres. The state/county can only stick their nose in if it's on PUBLIC trails/land.

    If you are going to let your kids operate small ATV's you BETTER gear them down to control the speed and keep your eyes on them so you know they are wearing safety gear. This is of course AFTER you have properly trained your children how to operate them and WHERE they can go.

    Always watch them like a Hawk when they are using the ATV's. I hate todays units. The adult models are WAY too heavy. I'd rather use the old 3 wheelers. Least I could right those if they tipped. The 4-wheelers are as bad as some hobby-farm tractors. You need the winch to right it.

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