Mohave County Sheriff: 11-year-old killed in ATV accident

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ST. GEORGE – An ATV accident injured one juvenile and claimed the life of another in Mohave County, Arizona, Wednesday.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of an ATV accident in the Wikieup area Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. involving two girls ages 12 and 11, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Friday.

The 12-year-old had been driving the ATV with the 11-year-old as a passenger.

“Investigations showed the ATV went into a shallow ditch and struck a bank which caused the ATV to flip over,” according to the press release. “Both the driver and passenger were thrown from the ATV. The operator suffered a broken arm. The passenger suffered internal injuries and died at the scene.”

Speed does not appear to be considered a factor in the incident.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. note: The dateline of “ST. GEORGE” designates where the article was written and not necessarily where the information presented in the story originated.

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  • .... November 25, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    My condolences to the family

  • mmsandie November 26, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Too young and inexperienced. There should be minimum age to drive tags, and classes for drivers to pass just like adults..they should stick to bikes..said for families this time of year.

  • Proud Rebel November 26, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    How sad this is. This little 12 year old will probably be emotionally scared for life over this accident. My heart goes out to her, and to her family. The article didn’t say if they were sisters, or not. But if not, my heart also goes out to the decedent’s family.

    Accidents are going to happen. It’s sad but true. These two girls could have just as easily been in an accident on bicycles. There is no way to protect children from all the things that can harm them. Even if you try to smother them with supervision. That in itself is going to cause harm to the child.

  • Christmas Bob November 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Sometimes they are taken way too young. My condolences

  • debbie November 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    i agree with proud rebel.. stuff happens.. we can try to shelter and protect them and red tape, and class them to death.. or we can school them with love and experience.. and not ruin their childhood.. my condolences to the families.. heartbreaking.

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