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DNR investigates rash of ATV crashes

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Indiana DNR conservation officers investigated five different ATV accidents across the state over the weekend, one of them involving a Porter County resident.

According to the DNR, on Saturday Maria Hernandez, 48, of Valparaiso, was operating her neighbors’ ATV when she struck a fence and went airborne, in the 400 west block of Ind. 2 in Porter Township.

Hernandez was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Hobart for treatment of severe back pain, DNR said.

LaPorte County

Meanwhile, the DNR Law Enforcement Division is requesting any information members of the public might have about an incident on Saturday, in the area of C.R. 1000N and C.R. 150E in LaPorte County.

At 10:30 p.m. a 21-year-old New Buffalo, Mich., man was operating his ATV on the roadway when he was struck by a pickup truck, thrown from his ATV, and then run over by the same vehicle.

The man was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he was being treated for multiple injuries.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the DNR 24-hour dispatch center at (812) 837-9536.

Kosciusko County

At 3:30 p.m. Friday, a 13-year-old Claypool, Ind., boy was attempting to jump a ramp on his ATV when he nose-dived into the ground and flipped, throwing him from the vehicle.

The boy’s head hit the ground but he was wearing a helmet and goggles, which the DNR said “dramatically” lessened his injuries and possibly saved his life.

The boy was diagnosed with a concussion at Kosciusko Community Hospital and then transported to a Fort Wayne Hospital for further tests and treatment.

Harrison County

At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Noah Dobbins, 19, of New Salisbury in Harrison County, was operating his ATV in his driveway when he collided head-on with a Ford Explorer being driven by his friend, Sean Murphy, 19, also of New Salisbury. Dobbins was thrown from the ATV and sustained lower leg injuries, the DNR said.

Dobbins was not wearing a helmet or any safety equipment, the DNR added.

Crawford County

Shortly after 12 a.m. Sunday, Christie Y. Leadford, 45, of Corydon, was a passenger on an ATV in Leavenworth when the vehicle slid down an embankment and flipped onto its side.

Leadford was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital with injuries to her hip and leg.



Posted 5/20/2013