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ATV ACCIDENT: Girl, 6, Injured In Montezuma

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Authorities are investigating an ATV accident that critically injured a six-year-old girl.

The incident happened near Montezuma on 510th Avenue at about 9 a.m. Monday.

The Iowa State Patrol told the Des Moines Register that the driver of a six-passenger ATV rolled off the shoulder and into the ditch.

Paramedics took the girl to a hospital in Grinnell where she is in critical condition.

A three-year-old child was also on board the ATV at the time of the crash.


  • Cole

    They actually had it for farm use so how about you listen to the news b4 u start saying they are illegal and it was a ranger.

  • Jess

    Chill out Cole. Troy didn’t make any accusations or anything. simply said he didn’t realize they were legal. The article calls it an ATV. I have to admit, I thought of a regular four wheeler when I read the article the first time. I missed the ‘six passenger’ part.

    There is more information on KCCi’s website. There is also a lot of debate as to how legal these are and whether or not children that young are supposed to be on them.

    I don’t think we need to be second guessing the father’s decisions, he will be doing that for the rest of his life.

    However, if they are illegal, or it is illegal to have children under the age of 13 on them. then this father needs to be treated just like the father who let his four year old get ahold of his loaded hand gun and kill herself. Both made careless decisions for someone unable to make the decision for themselves. both allowed a dependent person to be severely injured, or killed in the case of the girl with the gun.

    I looked at the Iowa gov website, but, did not find a good answer to the legality question. It talks about them only being legal to cross roadways, not drive on them. It also talks about being at least 13 to operate. I could not find anything that said how old you must be to be a passenger on one.

  • steph

    It’s small town iowa! You obviously don’t live in a small town. It is so common around here to see children riding on atv. When I was younger I was always riding on them with my dad. Freak accidents happen it’s part of life. So to say he should be treated like the little girl who killed herself is stupid!

    • Jess

      actually, I’m from a town of 400, so, ya, I know small town. Just because people do something …it doesn’t make it a good idea Steph. Doesn’t make it legal either.

      Kids used ride down the gravel road I lived on sitting on the edge of the back of the pickup truck. Not a good idea, but, a lot of kids did it. People also thought it was fun to go around the corner I lived on sideways, sliding in the gravel. Not a good idea, but, lots of people did it.

      People drive drunk too, lots of them, all the time. Not a good idea, but, people do it.

      IF it is illegal for that little girl to be in that vehicle, then yes, there needs to be charges pressed. Because, IF it is illegal (and I can’t find a clear answer for that on the Iowa gov website), then she never should have been there in the first place to get hurt. Same with the little girl and the gun. Just because people do something, it doesn’t make it right or legal.

      So, thank you for making rash judgments about both my background and my intelligence.

      Even though I grew up in a small town, there are things I did that I wouldn’t allow my kids to do, because we realize now how dangerous it is. My uncle lost part of his hand working on farm equipment when he was 10. No one thought a thing of his being out there until that happened. Guess what my kids don’t run that equipment.

      Growing, learning, and doing things better than those that came before us is called ‘evolving’. Continuing to do things poorly because ‘that’s the way we’ve always done them’ is ignorant.

    • Jess

      And Steph, I see this morning that this little girl is just as dead as the little girl who shot herself.

  • Jess

    Actually Cooper, I have a lot of compassion…….especially for innocent children who end up dead or injured because the adults responsible for taking care of them make poor choices.

    So..when someone is killed or injured due to someone else’s bad decisions, as long as that person feels bad, we should just forget it happened?

    Do you agree with the charges being pressed against the dad who’s little girl got ahold of his hand gun and killed herself? He loved her very much. He is very broken up about this having happened. He never meant for it to happen. He made a bad choice by having a loaded hand gun within her reach. I’m sure he thought it was fine, he was right there in the room with the little girl, he just happened to turn his back for a minute.

    • Cooper

      This isnt about that! This is about a family that is in pain. Look at your last reply to Steph. Those words you said had ZERO compassion in them. If this happened to you what would you do? It is an accident. Little kids love riding with their parents. This was on a farm so she was helping her daddy. His intentions were not to get her hurt. She wanted to help her daddy. When you were little didnt you wanna help your parents? What kid wouldnt want to go help with their parents with something that is exciting to them?

      • Jess

        You are right Cooper, what I said to Steph was not very compassionate. Steph, if you are listening, I apologize.

        Just because a child wants to do something, or finds it exciting, that doesn’t make it a good idea.

        Steph seems to think that since things are done this way in rural America, that makes them ok. It doesn’t. Just because people do it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous.

        Also, I don’t believe they were riding around on the farm. They were out on the road. That is how she died, he was on the shoulder of the road and it collapsed. Had he been giving her a ride around in the field, that would have been different.

        You also didn’t answer about the father who’s daughter shot herself. Should we have compassion for his loss and drop the charges that have been pressed against him? Would it have been a different story if that family had lived in rural Iowa and the little girl had gotten ahold of the gun that daddy used to shoot strays in the yard and shot herself?

        I grew up in rural Iowa. We always had a 22 in the front room closet with shells in the cupboard. We also knew that if we were ever caught touching those guns without Dad with us, we would be in a lot of trouble.
        So, is a rural child shooting themselves just the collateral damage of living a rural lifestyle and helping daddy?

        A young lady was just shot, and almost killed, in Fort Dodge by a 10 year old kid with an air rifle. People immediately jumped up and said that she was lying, must be a druggie, bb guns are safe. Well, it was an air rifle that shot pellets, not a bb gun. Lots of documented cases of people being killed with them. If that 10 year old had killed that woman’s child with his pellet gun, do we just say, well, it’s ok. It’s a rural area, kids SHOULD have guns and if someone gets hurt, well, it was an accident.

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