A 12-year-old Fort Wayne boy was one of two persons injured over the weekend
in separate off-road vehicle accidents in Jasper County, the Indiana
Department of Natural Resources said.
On Saturday, DNR said, the boy was operating an all-terrain vehicle in rural
Rensselaer when he struck a log and both the boy and his passenger were
thrown. The passenger was unharmed but the boy sustained lacerations to his
head and knee. He was treated at a local hospital and released, DNR said.
Then, at 2 a.m. Sunday, Jason Hunt, 33, of Wheatfield, was operating a dirt
bike on C.R. 400W when he struck a “modified medical scooter” being driven
by Peter Dean, 35, also of Wheatfield. “Hunt and Dean were operating both
vehicles on the roadway when Dean’s medical scooter ran out of gas,” DNR
said. “Hunt left to retrieve extra gas for the disabled vehicle. When he
returned to the scene he hit the stationary scooter that was still sitting
in the roadway.”
Hunt sustained injuries to his head and face and was transported to a local
hospital for treatment.
DNR encourages operator always to wear a helmet and proper safety equipment
while operating off-road vehicles.
In addition, it is illegal to operate an off-road vehicle on a public
roadway and any off-road vehicle purchased after Dec. 31, 2003, must be
registered with DNR.