Indiana DNR conservation officers investigated five different ATV accidents
across the state over the weekend, one of them involving a Porter County
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.
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.
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
The boy was diagnosed with a concussion at Kosciusko Community Hospital and
then transported to a Fort Wayne Hospital for further tests and treatment.
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
Dobbins was not wearing a helmet or any safety equipment, the DNR added.
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.