Richmond, In. — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a single vehicle ORV accident that resulted in a juvenile being life-lined to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.At approximately 6:31 p.m. Friday, officers were dispatched to the area of 2400 South A Street in Richmond for a juvenile injured as a result of falling from an off-road vehicle.The initial investigation has revealed that a 15 year-old juvenile was operating a newly purchased ORV on a city street with a 13 year-old juvenile passenger. While the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, the 13 year-old for unknown reasons attempted to jump off. In the process of jumping, the juvenile fell and suffered a severe head injury.The injured juvenile was initially transported to Reid Health Hospital in Richmond, but due to the seriousness of injuries, was then life-lined to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis in critical condition.Neither operator nor victim was wearing a helmet or proper safety equipment. Indiana Conservation Officers stress safe operation of ORVs and the use of proper protective equipment such as helmets.The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.
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