Archive for Friday, July 31, 2009

Douglas County teens injured in ATV accident

July 31, 2009


A Douglas County girl was flown to a Topeka hospital Thursday after she lost control of the all-terrain vehicle she was driving south of Lawrence.

Another girl was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred about 5 p.m.

Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said Sierra B. Randall, 16, was driving the Polaris Sportsman ATV east on North 680 Road, just west of the former Zarco 66 gasoline station on U.S. Highway 59.

As Randall approached a curve on the gravel road, the ATV went through a puddle of water. She lost control of the ATV in the mud, and the vehicle tipped on its side, Hornberger said.

A LifeStar air ambulance crew flew Randall to Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka for treatment. Her passenger, Sandina Oxford, 16, of rural Lawrence, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and later released.

Oxford said Randall would likely be released from Stormont-Vail on Friday.


Boston_Charley 8 years, 9 months ago

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frank mcguinness 8 years, 9 months ago

Ban ATV'S, Whatever.

Thats not likely. Plus if you ride an ATV you are certainly well aware of the risks.

imastinker 8 years, 8 months ago

As a former volunteer firefighter - the thought of letting kids on ATV's curls my hair. I don't even want one, and I have a fair amount of land I could use it on - for spraying weeds, hunting, etc...

I'll use my pickup for this. They are dangerous. These things ar worse than motorcycles - by a long shot. Nothing with a 4' wheelbase should be allowed to go anywhere near highway speeds - and they shouldn't be allowed on the highway either.

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