Off-road rollover kills girl, 10

Off-road rollover kills girl, 10

There are 56 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 24, 2007, titled Off-road rollover kills girl, 10. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

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

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Indianapolis Star.

A parent

Chesterfield, MO

#23 Jul 24, 2007
nzkiwi wrote:
These accidents happen even with the safest equipment available, a lot of it is the experience of the driver.
Which is why a CHILD shouldn't have been driving it. A 10 year old is too young to properly handly this ATV, as evidenced by her wreck and resulting death.
nzkiwi wrote:
It could have happened even with supervision if she was riding alone. It's just an unfortunate accident.
That was caused by the poor decisions of her parents. They contributed to the death of their child and will have to live with that knowledge for the rest of their lives.
nzkiwi wrote:
I just hope that she was enjoying herself up until the time that the accident happened.
Let's let our kids do anything they want, no matter how risky and life-threatening those things might be. As long as they're having fun, who cares that they might die.

I seriously hope "nzkiwi" doesn't have children. She/he seems like the type who wouldn't take even the minimal steps to keep a child safe or alive.

Since: Jul 07

Indianapolis

#24 Jul 24, 2007
If everyone calls these accidents, why will the parents turn around and sue the maker of this vehicle?? And win? All they have to do is show up sobbing with pictures of their dead child and wailing about how unsafe the ATV was. It was an accident and they chose to let her not only ride it, but DRIVE it! They made a poor parenting choice and should not be allowed to make money off it. Poor choices as a parent should not allow them to make money....
so sad

Indianapolis, IN

#25 Jul 24, 2007
here is some more info on the story that wasn't in the star...
The death of a 10-year-old girl Monday night from an off-road vehicle rollover is being called a "freak accident" by an Indiana Department of Natural Resources officer.
Matt Tholen, public information officer for the local district the DNR, said Janessa Randall was quite experienced on the Polaris Ranger when it rolled on top of her just after 7:30 p.m. Monday. She was flown to Home Hospital where she died.
"It wasn't like it was her first time riding," Tholen said. "She had hundreds of hours experience on a Ranger."
Tholen said there were few details available about the incident because there were no witnesses. He said speed might have been a factor, but he won't know more until the vehicle's tracks have been analyzed.
The Ranger, which is like a large golf cart with a roll cage, was driving on a groomed trail when it rolled onto Randall.

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#26 Jul 24, 2007
Dave wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
I never once said that I agree with 10 year olds operating ATVs or anything along those lines, so DON'T start in on what you think MY parenting skills are or should be!

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#27 Jul 24, 2007
A parent wrote:
<quoted text>
Which is why a CHILD shouldn't have been driving it. A 10 year old is too young to properly handly this ATV, as evidenced by her wreck and resulting death.
<quoted text>
That was caused by the poor decisions of her parents. They contributed to the death of their child and will have to live with that knowledge for the rest of their lives.
<quoted text>
Let's let our kids do anything they want, no matter how risky and life-threatening those things might be. As long as they're having fun, who cares that they might die.
I seriously hope "nzkiwi" doesn't have children. She/he seems like the type who wouldn't take even the minimal steps to keep a child safe or alive.
Don't talk to me about parenting skills. I was only making the observation that we shouldn't pick apart news stories with WHAT IF's and WHY DIDN'Ts. It was an unfortunate accident, yes it probably could have been prevented and definitely SHOULD have been prevented.
I NEVER let children operate such vehicles, nor do anything that would endanger them. Don't pass judgements on my ability to parent based on effin topix posts when you do NOT know me, nor my values.

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#28 Jul 24, 2007
Medea wrote:
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.
EXACTLY
Had Enough Yet

United States

#30 Jul 24, 2007
You can just ignore the big sticker on the vehicle thay says "Under-16" with a big slash thru it, and go ahead and let the 10-yr old drive. It was just a tragic accident, could happen to anyone (who doesn't give a sh-t). Neglect, responsibility - WHAT'S THAT?

Sue the damn Polaris company! Obviously it was their fault, and of course they can afford it (deep pocket).

My sympathy goes out to the child - the parents should be prosecuted for LETTING this happen (yes they LET this happen by allowing this CHILD to drive for all you morons out there). I grew up in the country, still ride ATVs, and yes, I do say NO to a CHILD who wants to drive an ATV who is obviously too young. Its called being a grown up, and making a grown up decision. If you cannot even do that simple little task, maybe your mommy shouldn't have let you out of the house yet.

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#32 Jul 24, 2007
Ok, DAVE and A Parent:

Before you reply I would like to extend my apologies for getting hot-headed so quickly.

I want to clarify my first post (that you both replied to) as being primarily about assumptions people make without the entire story.

I want to make it clear that I do not condone young children using vehicles such as that and I think there should be a legal age imposed if there isn't one already.

My comment regarding the child's happiness prior to her death was not directed to thinking that it was okay to do what she did, it was simply that I hope she at least enjoyed herself prior to the ultimate misfortune.

Hopefully you can understand what I am trying to convey.
CRABBY OLD BAG

Pryor, OK

#33 Jul 24, 2007
THIS IS TRAGIC. WHEN WILL PARENTS LEARN THAT CHILDREN SHOULD NOT OPERATE MORTOR VECHICLES OF ANY KIND?
Thoughtless

Indianapolis, IN

#35 Jul 24, 2007
A lot of people are talking about government intervention and that there should be more laws governing the use of ATVs by children. It is illegal in Indiana for a child under 14 years of age to operate an ATV without parental supervision. I suppose the police should have camped out in these people's backyard and told them how to raise their children.

You poeple have no idea what you're talking about. Accidents happen, people die, and it is unavoidable.
taxed to death

Indianapolis, IN

#36 Jul 24, 2007
so sad wrote:
here is some more info on the story that wasn't in the star...
The death of a 10-year-old girl Monday night from an off-road vehicle rollover is being called a "freak accident" by an Indiana Department of Natural Resources officer.
Matt Tholen, public information officer for the local district the DNR, said Janessa Randall was quite experienced on the Polaris Ranger when it rolled on top of her just after 7:30 p.m. Monday. She was flown to Home Hospital where she died.
"It wasn't like it was her first time riding," Tholen said. "She had hundreds of hours experience on a Ranger."
Tholen said there were few details available about the incident because there were no witnesses. He said speed might have been a factor, but he won't know more until the vehicle's tracks have been analyzed.
The Ranger, which is like a large golf cart with a roll cage, was driving on a groomed trail when it rolled onto Randall.
Saw the exact same phrase 3 months ago for a 20 yr old woman. "well experienced rider" who cares? Dead now.

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#38 Jul 24, 2007
Thoughtless wrote:
A lot of people are talking about government intervention and that there should be more laws governing the use of ATVs by children. It is illegal in Indiana for a child under 14 years of age to operate an ATV without parental supervision. I suppose the police should have camped out in these people's backyard and told them how to raise their children.
You poeple have no idea what you're talking about. Accidents happen, people die, and it is unavoidable.
I'm sure lessons were learned. Sad times though.
Nicole

Hartford, CT

#39 Jul 24, 2007
Were the parents around when this happened?? I hope so.... My thoughts and prayers go out to her Loved ones.
Gotta Wonder

Claypool, IN

#40 Jul 24, 2007
They can be dangerous if not careful. I went air borne off of a hill when the throttle stuck. I landed face first into the ground with the four wheeler landing on me. I have permanent damage to my neck and lower back. For the first time since riding, I didn't have my helmet on. The medic and doctors said that if I would have had it on, it would have snapped my neck like a twig. My prayers are with the family.
Gotta Wonder

Claypool, IN

#41 Jul 24, 2007
Thoughtless wrote:
A lot of people are talking about government intervention and that there should be more laws governing the use of ATVs by children. It is illegal in Indiana for a child under 14 years of age to operate an ATV without parental supervision. I suppose the police should have camped out in these people's backyard and told them how to raise their children.
You poeple have no idea what you're talking about. Accidents happen, people die, and it is unavoidable.
I am 33 and when I was 10, we went to the sand duens in Michigan and then the law was 13 adn you had to have a certifiacte of passing a safety class. Now I live in a tourist town, several venues offer off road trails, but even then you have to be 16. A 10 year old is not of physical size or strength to handle antying bigger than maybe a Honda 70-90. I am not wanting to blame anyone and I am sure the parents thought that it would be okay but these rules are there for a reason.
kim

United States

#42 Jul 24, 2007
Shedders wrote:
If everyone calls these accidents, why will the parents turn around and sue the maker of this vehicle?? And win? All they have to do is show up sobbing with pictures of their dead child and wailing about how unsafe the ATV was. It was an accident and they chose to let her not only ride it, but DRIVE it! They made a poor parenting choice and should not be allowed to make money off it. Poor choices as a parent should not allow them to make money....
Where in the article does it say they are going to sue or are you just aSSuming??
Lesson

Fishers, IN

#44 Jul 24, 2007
To all of you who criticize, get over yourself. You can't question anything here. Part of parenting is parenting to your own child. Some children are more mature than others. Heck, there are 10 year old racing go karts and midgets out there right now. So, you're saying, a child who is in horse camp and fell off a horse and died, her parents are irresponsible, because we know they can cause death. A child her chokes on a life saver makes her parents irresponsible because they gave it to them. A child who is kidnapped leads to irresponsible actions by the parent, because that child should have been under lock and key. I could go on, but to spare the drama, you all need to look deep inside yourselves, there's something bigger than you out there and accidents happen. Grieve for the family as it was an accident and don't ruin this little girl's life, as it were, by calling out her parents...yet, you'll be judged and I hope nothing ever happens to you like this, and if so, I hope no one calls you out to be an idiot or irresponsible person. You can't avoid everything...

Since: Jul 07

United States

#45 Jul 24, 2007
Who would allow a 10 year old to drive one of these vehicles? And the article says she had lots of experience! It's too bad stupidity is not illegal.
paul

Beaver Island, MI

#47 Jul 24, 2007
God bless her
HighNotMighty

San Francisco, CA

#49 Jul 24, 2007
wtf wrote:
City dweller or not, is it really responsible parenting to allow 10 year olds to ride an off road vehicle by themselves? These are machines weighing hundreds, if not greater than a thousand pounds, and are capable of speeds greater than 30 mph. A tragedy? Absolutely. Avoidable? Even more so.
I bet your kid rides a bike, do you know the death ratio on bicycles vs. motorized ones? Does your kid walk down the sidewalk? How many kids have been hit and killed? Does your kid play in a driveway? How many have been ran over "accidently" and killed? Does your kid go to his/her friends house. Have you checked to make sure there are not any guns in those houses? Do you drive your kid around in your car?

I was told I was a bad parent because my children learned to ride horss by the time they were 2 and they were riding all alone in the fields by age 5. If you let your child do anything that could lead to death.... YOU are guilty of being a bad parent. Are you still supervising your 6,7, 8 yr old in the bathtub?

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Tippecanoe County Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Tipton dedicates State Fair Band Day performanc... Aug 9 Kzp 1
Cellphone search warrant denied in homicide case (Jan '15) Jan '15 relative 1
News Lafayette police shooting review awaits results... (Feb '12) Jan '15 callie Javon sister 11
News New ISP troopers hit the road (Aug '14) Aug '14 Idealist101 1
News Zeman to challenge Donat for judgeship (Jan '14) Jan '14 NoZeman 1
News Same-sex couples seeking marriage could be char... (Jul '13) Jul '13 DNF 7
Kemp Wagoner Wagener Waggoner family descendant... (Feb '13) Feb '13 Kathie 1
More from around the web