Yet another child has died while riding an ATV. A boy lost his life behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle on Friday evening at around 6:30 in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania, police confirm.
NBC 10 reports that it’s believed the boy, Gianni Forte, 13, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Witnesses seem to think he also did not have the ATV’s headlights on when the crash occurred.
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Gianni Forte died there at the scene of the crash. A second boy, also 13, and a passenger on the ATV with Forte, was severely injured. Luckily, the passenger was wearing a helmet. He was air-lifted to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and remains in critical condition.
Police believe the boys’ ATV collided with an oncoming car. The sedan was making a left turn onto Jason Drive, and the impact to the car’s passenger side was so great, the ATV flipped. The driver of the car, a 60-year-old Bensalem man, told police he couldn’t see any oncoming vehicles when he made the turn. ATVs are generally approximately only four feet in height. Heights vary.
ATV crashes are skyrocketing, especially in Pennsylvania, according to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission. Children under the age of 16 make up 22% of over 14,000 ATV-related fatalities, reports the Commission.
In 2015 alone, an estimated 97,200 people were treated in emergency rooms across the country because of ATV-related injuries.
A GoFundMe page, entitled, “Gianni’s Ride to Heaven,” has been set up to help with funeral expenses.
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