11-year-old killed in ATV wreck

There are 15 comments on the May 29, 2006, Log Cabin Democrat story titled 11-year-old killed in ATV wreck. In it, Log Cabin Democrat reports that:

An 11-year-old boy was killed in an all-terrain vehicle wreck on Monday. Ashton Potter was visiting family in the Siloam Springs area when he died on Monday.

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aila dekeyer

Oshkosh, WI

#42 Sep 24, 2007
Hello,
I am very sorry for the loss of your child, your article just made my cry so hard. I have a 6 year old son and I am not with the father. Well he bought him a 4 wheeler for his 4 yr old birthday, he has him every other weekend. Well he doesn't make him where a helmet and calls me stupid when I talk to him about it. This weekend he has come home once again with marks on him from branches hitting him in the face. It makes me so sad that these should even be sold for young kind to ride. I have to deal with every other weekend not being able to be there to watch this. He isn't even with an adult when he goes riding he is with another child that is 8. I am just sick to my stomach yes accidents happen with anything, but these should not even be made for small children to be on., I sure wish that the manufacters of these items stop thinking about the money that they make and worry about little childrens lives.
Shorty former Benton Co

Eagar, AZ

#43 Sep 29, 2007
aila dekeyer wrote:
Hello,
I am very sorry for the loss of your child, your article just made my cry so hard. I have a 6 year old son and I am not with the father. Well he bought him a 4 wheeler for his 4 yr old birthday, he has him every other weekend. Well he doesn't make him where a helmet and calls me stupid when I talk to him about it. This weekend he has come home once again with marks on him from branches hitting him in the face. It makes me so sad that these should even be sold for young kind to ride. I have to deal with every other weekend not being able to be there to watch this. He isn't even with an adult when he goes riding he is with another child that is 8. I am just sick to my stomach yes accidents happen with anything, but these should not even be made for small children to be on., I sure wish that the manufacters of these items stop thinking about the money that they make and worry about little childrens lives.
Aila, perhaps you best consider taking your child out of harm's way; don't let him go with the father and take the issue to the judge if necessary.

From your description, you are playing Russian Roulette with your child's welfare. Don't wait for the accident to happen. It is not the manufacturer's fault when someone uses as adult vehicle for a child. If you have read other posts in this forum, hopefully you will get your guidance from those.

jill

Brooklyn, NY

#44 Oct 4, 2007
hello, my stepson, who is 9, was injured while his mother, who was not experienced in riding an atv. she thought it might be a good idea to take him along for a ride with her down a hill without a helmet, she lost control and crashed into a poll, using him as an airbag.
this happened in Pennsylvania and the little one now has brain injury and a life long learning disability. she took him out of state without the fathers permission (they have joint custody) and she never reported the accident to the authorities. my question is, what charges could she be facing?
jeff

Rogers, AR

#45 Oct 4, 2007
i don't understand what people are thinking. at what age would a child be able to handle a vehicle that goes 50 mph. at what age would a child be able to respond to problems correctly while driving. an atv was not built for a child to drive around for the fun of it. i belive they built go carts for kids to play on. if you ask me if you let your kids drive atv's on their own you are very lucky they haven't been seriously injured. atv's were ment for work no play. your kids can be brought up around atv's their hole life but that doesn't make them invincible. laws should be passed for these vehicle same as motor vehicles. kids feel they are invincable and then not to mention peer pressure from other kids to do things that an aduld would not do. again if you let your kids ride atv's your are responsible for what happens to them. same as if you let your kids drive your car. its like giving them drugs and tell them to be careful. true accidents happen, but there is a little voice in all of us that tells us what could happen if we did what we were thinking of doing. at what age do you think that voice starts talking to your children.
Shorty former Benton Co

Eagar, AZ

#46 Oct 4, 2007
jill wrote:
hello, my stepson, who is 9, was injured while his mother, who was not experienced in riding an atv. she thought it might be a good idea to take him along for a ride with her down a hill without a helmet, she lost control and crashed into a poll, using him as an airbag.
this happened in Pennsylvania and the little one now has brain injury and a life long learning disability. she took him out of state without the fathers permission (they have joint custody) and she never reported the accident to the authorities. my question is, what charges could she be facing?
I have to wonder why you would pose this question on this forum --- when common sense dictates that the boy's father should be taking the issue to his court of jurisdiction through his attorney (re the alleged violation of the joint custody agreement).

With regard to what charges the mother may be facing would be up to Pennsylvania law, in conjunction with the above..
Cameron Mason

Dixon, KY

#47 Oct 26, 2007
how rood
Cameron Mason

Dixon, KY

#48 Oct 26, 2007
i think his parents should go to jail because they should have been watching
Carol

Milan, TN

#49 Nov 1, 2007
You people are so clueless..When I was young I rode a bike without a helment my parents thought I had enough sense to stay out of traffic. Kids do dumb things it doesnt make a chi8ld dumb nor the parent. I see my son daily on a four wheeler without a helment at 14..When he turns 16 I will kiss his cheek as he gets behind the wheel of a car "without " a helment..Life isnt forvever..thank God if it were we would really be having a population crisis.Some are meant to pass.No parent is to blame unless the child was forced to ride without a helment which I highly doubt. Also take into consideration what good is a helment gonna do if they fly through a barbed wire fence going 50?My heart goes out to the parents and we should all know Hell is here on Earth so they are no doubt in a better place without the judgements of us humans that remain
norwood

United States

#50 Jul 28, 2010
well a family member let her children age 11 and 2 ride a fourwheeler, it flipped and the 2 year old was med flightted to ach and the 11 yrold sustained injuries as well. their mother is letting the 11 yrold take the blame is there anythng that can be done?
Just a Grandma

Bartlesville, OK

#51 Jul 28, 2010
In the Bible is a verse that simply states- "Judge not, lest ye be judged."
My Momma used to say "people who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. My friends when I was young used to speak of Karma..... Hope for this world is slowly slipping away- God is being removed from so many things and hatred and cruelty abound. I am old and wont live much longer so I will not have to see this mess- I pray God helps the current and future generations...Else this planet is doomed.
windilu

Houston, TX

#52 Mar 24, 2011
WOW! Just came across these posts while doing searches for other parents dealing with a loss like mine. Kinda hard to see all the judgmental people who think they have all the answers and are so disrespectful while insulting parents in pain. Clearly, if you have never lost a child you don't know what you're talking about. My son was killed on a 4 wheeler at age 12. He was in the care of others that I thought I could trust. The father of my son's friend allowed MY son to drive off in S Texas terrain without a helmet. My son promptly flipped the ATV, hit his head and died instantly. This was over 10 years ago and the pain is still very real. Jesus does heal and I will see my son again. But the parents who judge and twist the knife inside of already grieving parents...they should be hung! I would have NEVER allowed my child to ride an ATV and I certainly never thought other adults would. I don't think anyone can judge unless they are prepared to be judged themselves!! To bury a child is horrific. To be put in a position to defend yourself as a parent is preposterous!! I have resisted the urge every day for over 10 years to sue the life of the man responsible.
Beloved_his cousin

United States

#54 Apr 24, 2011
My aunt may not have been smart in letting him ride without a helmet, but because of one mistake she lost everything that day. When the accident happened she held her bloodied and dead son. He was destroyed. My cousin was brave and a handsome young man and you know what he loved the Lord unlike any other. He's gone in heaven to praise the Lord furthermore. My aunt is still healing from her destroyed heart, but what you have posted is cruel. I sincerely appreciate those who stood up for him and for those who cruelly and carelessly put jabs and cruel comments should truly watch yourselves. Nobody is perfect but my cousin dying tore a family apart. Please have respect and do not further criticize her parenting because she lost her only son that day.
Miss Tammy

Clifton Park, NY

#55 Jul 2, 2011
Just a Grandma wrote:
In the Bible is a verse that simply states- "Judge not, lest ye be judged."
My Momma used to say "people who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. My friends when I was young used to speak of Karma..... Hope for this world is slowly slipping away- God is being removed from so many things and hatred and cruelty abound. I am old and wont live much longer so I will not have to see this mess- I pray God helps the current and future generations...Else this planet is doomed.
You are absolutely right. Without God, we have nothing and the new generation ---most---do not understand this-----yes, we are in trouble and I am afraid for my kids. God Bless them and others.
ashtons sister

Gila Bend, AZ

#56 Oct 1, 2012
Shorty Bishop wrote:
Where were the parents when this child was allowed the use of an ATV with no helmet and no supervision?
They should be charged with Child Endangerment, a form of abuse, and certainly Child Neglect.
Shorty - former aw enforcement

in arkanasas the helmets arent required so stfu
New Mommy

Euless, TX

#57 Oct 26, 2012
I am not really sure how I have stumbled across this forum tonight, but I do know as I lay in bed with my 5 month old daughter with our two year old son nearby waiting for daddy to come home I am grateful to have read each and every comment. Tears were brought to my eyes as I read the comments of burying your children and holding them in your arms as life slips away from them. I can not imagine that feeling! Thank you for all the insight. I don't really consider myself as an overprotective parent (other than guiding a two year old every minute of the day) but I am constantly hit with concerns for my children for the future. How did my parents let go? How do you let kids go trick or treating, how do you let them go to friends houses to stay the night, how do you let them get behind a car to drive??!?!!! It is very hard to control what others allow your children to do, I see that with less important things like grandparents sneaking pop, but I'm going to take that stand and be sure I am the stickler of rules. I obviously can't control what my children decide to do but I can promise you I will try my best to educate and express how important safety rules are!

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