All-terrain vehicles, sometimes referred to as four-wheelers, can be a fun way to get around where other vehicles can not venture. However, they should be operated by a person familiar with the dangers of driving such a vehicle. Many states have laws that prohibit these kinds of vehicles from driving on roadways meant for cars. However, not everyone obeys these laws. As the number of people who own such vehicles increases, so have the number of fatalities and serious injuries. Many of the more serious injuries and fatalities involve children who are under the age of 16.
The Daily Tribune reports that a 3-year-old in Cartersville was killed when the ATV he was riding in overturned into a ditch.
3-year-old Rhys Howard was killed last Monday when the ATV he was riding in overturned.
The Polaris Ranger 700XP was being driven by a 14-year-old south on Old Tennessee Highway when the driver went off the west shoulder of the road. The driver then overcorrected, causing the vehicle to flip over, landing in a ditch.
It was unclear if the driver suffered from any injuries. The crash is still under investigation.
Rhys’ father is the assistant principal and athletic director at Bartow County’s Woodland High School. His mother is the athletic director at Allatoona High School in Cobb County. Both school systems extended their condolences to the family. Woodland High School provided grief counselors to staff and students.
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