Grief counselors were at a Putnam County middle school on Tuesday, June 7, one day after a popular 12-year-old student died when his three-wheel ATV flipped while he was riding on his family’s farm in Palatka. The boy lost control in the middle of making a right turn, reports Jacksonville’s Channel 4, quoting the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
The young man was a frequent rider of his all terrain vehicle (ATV) and was frequently seen riding in the fields near his cousin’s home doing what he loved. While the community grieves, the family says in this story that the boy had been riding since he was a toddler. He usually wore a helmet but did not on Monday. According to investigators, the boy crashed his Honda while in a turn around 6:30 p.m. but was not rescued until 7 p.m. after someone found him.
ATV Accidents in Florida
Legally, a rider under the age of 16 is required to wear a helmet and eye protection in Florida. Anyone under the age of 16 should never ride an adult size ATV, according to the safety group, ATV Safety. Between 1982 and 2009, there were 447 ATV deaths among riders in Florida with 105 of those deaths involving children who were under the age of 16.
In April 2010 in Putnam County, a man and his 7-year-old daughter flipped their ATV and the little girl died from internal injuries. In St. Johns County last month, a 14-year-old who was a passenger on an ATV, fell and hit his head and was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
The Palatka personal injury lawyers at Farah & Farh extend their sincere condolences to the entire community and friends and family of this young man for his sudden passing.