Off-road rollover kills girl, 10

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

A 10-year-old girl was killed Monday night when her Polaris Ranger, an off-road utility vehicle, rolled over in southeast Tippecanoe County.
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Scott D

Portsmouth, NH

#1 Jul 24, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young girl. This is a tragic accident and my sympathy is with you.

(Can't wait for you city dwellers to rip on these parents too)
james schmid

Kurtz, IN

#4 Jul 24, 2007
ATV<s are dangerous and it sounds as if she was on a bigger atv than she should have been on, but of course any of them can cause fatal accidents. You must make your children take a course for driving atv,s. Honda has an excellent course for kids to learn. However being a parent myself my heart goes out to the family of this little girl, they will forever most likely blame themselves. May God Bless Them
Fred

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Jul 24, 2007
Before it even is posted.

I have a Polaris Ranger and it is safe.

My heart goes out to this little girl and her family. My God rest her soul!!!

I do hope she wasn't driving it?

Bless her heart.

Fred
Your Wait is Over

Fort Worth, TX

#6 Jul 24, 2007
Scott D wrote:
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young girl. This is a tragic accident and my sympathy is with you.
(Can't wait for you city dwellers to rip on these parents too)
Completely irresponsible parents. She should be allowed to ride, but not without supervision.
JEC

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jul 24, 2007
Your Wait is Over wrote:
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Completely irresponsible parents. She should be allowed to ride, but not without supervision.
No where in the article does it say she wasn't being supervised. No where does it say she hadn't gone to a training course on how to drive the atv. Until all of the facts are made available we should not start bashing her parents. Sometimes accidents happen even when people take all necessary precautions. My thoughts and prayers are with this family.
sick of these comments

Pryor, OK

#8 Jul 24, 2007
Your Wait is Over wrote:
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Completely irresponsible parents. She should be allowed to ride, but not without supervision.
How do you know there was no supervision? It doesn't say that in the article. It says she was driving on her parents property. Maybe they were watching her the entire time. Speculation is inappropriate in a situation such as this. Kids can get killed on things such as bicycles, roller blades, skooters, even just playing in their own backyard. There's no reason to call these parents irresponsible after a tragedy like this. That's just cruel and heartless as I'm sure these parents feel horrible and will live with this pain for the rest of their lives.

My heart goes out to this family as they grieve for their loss. While her life was very brief, I hope they can find comfort in the wonderful memories they shared with their daughter.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Jul 24, 2007
There is a mandatory requirement by ATV dealers to "offer" training on proper use and handling of these vehicles. Most, if not all purchasers choose to defer training. It is tragic about the loss but this is a motorized vehicle and should not be handled without adult supervision.
awh

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Jul 24, 2007
Fred wrote:
I do hope she wasn't driving it?
Bless her heart.
Fred
The driver of the vehicle, Janessa Randall, 10, was airlifted to Home Hospital, Tholen said, where she was pronounced dead.

“God Bless & RIP Zach Gonzalez”

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#11 Jul 24, 2007
These accidents happen even with the safest equipment available, a lot of it is the experience of the driver. It could have happened even with supervision if she was riding alone. It's just an unfortunate accident.

We shouldn't go picking apart the story asking WHY wasn't she wearing a helmet, WHY wasn't she supervised, saying all sorts of "they should have's" because we really don't know.
We weren't there, we don't know the facts that the writers leave out or don't even know themselves. Don't blame the parents when we don't have the answers ourselves.

I just hope that she was enjoying herself up until the time that the accident happened.

My thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends.

Since: Dec 06

West Central IN

#12 Jul 24, 2007
sick of these comments wrote:
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How do you know there was no supervision? It doesn't say that in the article. It says she was driving on her parents property. Maybe they were watching her the entire time. Speculation is inappropriate in a situation such as this. Kids can get killed on things such as bicycles, roller blades, skooters, even just playing in their own backyard. There's no reason to call these parents irresponsible after a tragedy like this. That's just cruel and heartless as I'm sure these parents feel horrible and will live with this pain for the rest of their lives.
My heart goes out to this family as they grieve for their loss. While her life was very brief, I hope they can find comfort in the wonderful memories they shared with their daughter.
More folks who want to be best friends with their children instead of parents. When will you learn that parenting at times requires making hard choices that are very unpopular with your children. So they will tell you that they hate you for doing what is necessary, but guess what in the end they respect you far more than you can imagine. And, in the process you will become their friend for all the right reasons.
VLP

Newark, OH

#13 Jul 24, 2007
dont you guys know that..this is where alot of people come to bitch about other people..put them down..and hide behind a computer to act like they are something special. not one person knows what exactly happen.....soif something completely horrible happen to your little girl..it would absolutely mean you were a irresponsible parent.....nope..not necessarily ..loser commenters
gordon24nfn

United States

#14 Jul 24, 2007
My son has wanted even a small ATV for a couple of years now. Even the ones which look like they fit a toddler states on them, driver must be at least 16 yrs old.
So maybe they should have just let her drive the family car....
Momma

United States

#15 Jul 24, 2007
This is so sad, esp. because it was 100% PREVENTABLE!!!!!!!!!!

Why, oh, why do parents allow their kids to have access to these death-mobiles???????
Bart Sucks

United States

#16 Jul 24, 2007
Another reason to Ban Pit Bulls obviously.
ibdivn

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jul 24, 2007
I'm an avid motorcycle rider/racer and atv and utv's like the one the girl was riding in are flat out dangerous and should be banned except for farm use.At a practice for a race last sat.the ambulance showed 4 times and lifeline once all for atv/utv accidents at a park 80mi west of Indy.Wake up people just because everyone can ride them doesn't mean everyone should.2whls are safer than 4.
lolatu

Bridgeport, WV

#18 Jul 24, 2007
When I was a kid, we had this peddling device called a bike. I fell down a lot and scraped my knees, but I never knew a friend who died. There should indeed be stricter laws governing the use of motorized vehicles for those under 16. My thoughts/prayers are with the family.
Dave

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Jul 24, 2007
Fred wrote:
Before it even is posted.
I have a Polaris Ranger and it is safe.
My heart goes out to this little girl and her family. My God rest her soul!!!
I do hope she wasn't driving it?
Bless her heart.
Fred
I am very sorry for the family.

However, I think common sense and certainly experience tells us that these can be dangerous machines in capable hands and are absolutely not something that a young child should be driving! It's bad enough when it is a teenager -- but 10 years old!?! What were they thinking?

Yet another child is dead or injured by an ATV accident -- how many does it take before you conclude that the combination of the two isn't safe?
Is it really worth the life of a child to preserve this fantasy of "rugged individualism"?
Kids can't appreciate the risks, they depend on the parents to keep them safe. In this case, the parents failed miserably.
burd

Martinsville, IN

#20 Jul 24, 2007
That's why they call these accidents. No one plans for them to happen. As a parent of two, you cannot possibly be everywhere, every second. My heart goes out to the family. If they could rewind the last few hours of her life, I'm sure they would.
Dave

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Jul 24, 2007
nzkiwi wrote:
These accidents happen even with the safest equipment available, a lot of it is the experience of the driver. It could have happened even with supervision if she was riding alone. It's just an unfortunate accident.
We shouldn't go picking apart the story asking WHY wasn't she wearing a helmet, WHY wasn't she supervised, saying all sorts of "they should have's" because we really don't know.
We weren't there, we don't know the facts that the writers leave out or don't even know themselves. Don't blame the parents when we don't have the answers ourselves.
I just hope that she was enjoying herself up until the time that the accident happened.
My thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends.
I hope you aren't a parent!

What I know from the article is that a 10 year old girl was driving an ATV. End of story. I don't need to know anything else to know that the parents made a very stupid mistake and that the death was entirely preventable and foreseeable.

I also know that there is enough history with these machines to know that even young adults get seriously hurt or killed on them often.

Kids are not adults-- only smaller.

Parents should be parents, not best friends.
Medea

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Jul 24, 2007
These things are irrelevant -

Whether she had a helmet on
Whether she was supervised
Whether she had been trained

And they are irrelevant because she was only 10 years old and should never have been on the vehicle in the first place. Her parents are responsible for her death.

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