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Kosciusko County ATV crash being investigated

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:52 am

Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are investigating an ATV crash that sent a 14-year-old Cicero girl to a Fort Wayne hospital for treatment of a head injury.

The accident was reported about 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Conservation officers provided this information:

Stephanie Hernandez, who was visiting family, and an 11-year-old girl were riding on the cargo rack of an ATV being driven by a 13-year-old boy on James Street in Milford, west of Syracuse, investigating officer Matt Maher reported.

Witnesses reported seeing Stephanie fall off the ATV and hit her head on the pavement, Maher said. Emergency personnel decided to have her airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital because of her "reduced level of consciousness." She was treated and released.

The investigation is continuing and charges are pending against a Milford man accused of allowing a youth under age 14 to operate an ATV without adult supervision, Maher reported.

Indiana law says ATV owners must supervise anyone younger than age 14 while the youth operates an ATV, the DNR news release said. All ATV operators and passengers also are advised to wear a helmet and protective gear.