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.

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HighNotMighty

United States

#50 Jul 24, 2007
Lesson wrote:
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...
sorry I didnt see your post before I got long winded.....
wow

Freetown, IN

#51 Jul 24, 2007
i am sure the parents feel guily enough without hearing all these rude comments. parents can not protect their children from all harm.
problemchild

Bridgeport, WV

#52 Jul 24, 2007
JEC wrote:
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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.
"Tholen said there were few details available about the incident because there were no witnesses." Clearly the parents weren't watching, but this sounds like one of those tragedies that, unfortunately, happen in life. I feel for her parents and family, too. Losing a child is a horror.
Katie

Indianapolis, IN

#53 Jul 24, 2007
The article said "there were no witnesses" which leads me to believe this beautiful little girl wasn't as closely supervised on this machine as she could have been.

And if she had "hundreds" of hours experience riding it, how young was she when she was first allowed to drive it?
David Upshaw

Indianapolis, IN

#54 Jul 24, 2007
Wow all you people who rip on the one guy who thinks there might not have been supervision. How do you know there WAS supervision. No where in that article does it say they were watching her either. Get...over...yourselves. Why don't you pay attention to the article and have sympathy for ANYONE who loses a child instead of trying to fill your own ego.

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

South Bend, IN

#56 Jul 24, 2007
These things don't just spontaneously 'roll over'. And in my experience, I've rarely seen anyone just 'riding' them. They usually are tearing around corners at breakneck speed, launching them into the air or just running flat-out top speed.

Ride sensibly and grow old.
Roger That

Indianapolis, IN

#57 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.
Yep, you're thoughtless, and an IDIOT also. It was very avoidable. A 10 year old has no business driving one of these things.
holly

Muncie, IN

#58 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....
Who said anything about them suing anyone? Guess what, freak? Her family doesn't need "to make money". And for your information, they happen to be DEVISTATED...beyond...anything that you can probably ever in your lifetime imagine. You have no idea...
HighNotMighty

United States

#59 Jul 24, 2007
wtf wrote:
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Would you allow your 10 year old to drive a motor vehicle? Do you own an atv or gator? These are not "bicycles", these kids weren't in the driveway. Quit trying to spin this around. This is a 100 percent avoidable tragedy. The manufacturer even puts a warning stating those under 16 "Shall not operate this piece of dangerous equipment"-direct quote from the sticker on my 4 wheeler. But, your kids rode horses at 2 right, they're wonder kids, so give em the keys and turn em loose. Maybe they can smash into some innocent family and that would be just another "accident" wouldn't it, you IDIOT!!!!!!!!
My children did own these, and used farm equipment, and now own and drive their own vehicles. This child had clearly had plenty of ride time on this machine and was very capable of handling it. Something went wrong YOU nor I and I doubt if anyone will ever know what happened.

Its idiots like you that get on here and scream when a 16, 17, 18 yr old dies in a car accident that the age should be changed.*hit happens!!
sandy

Muncie, IN

#60 Jul 24, 2007
Uh Clem wrote:
These things don't just spontaneously 'roll over'. And in my experience, I've rarely seen anyone just 'riding' them. They usually are tearing around corners at breakneck speed, launching them into the air or just running flat-out top speed.
Ride sensibly and grow old.
You make this sound like she was out joy riding, "tearing around corners at breakneck speed". This family lived on hundreds of acres of land. The atv was transportation, not entertainment. When farmers are injured or killed with their own equipment, you don't accuse them of acting crazy; why would you accuse this deceased child of something similar, when you have no idea of their background? She wasn't out 'tearing through the terrain' or 'joyriding'...she was using a means of transportation that could get her from point A to point B when the distance was too great to be crossed by foot...
TadBitNeglectful

United States

#61 Jul 24, 2007
"Jenessa was driving a Polaris Ranger when it rolled onto her about 7:15 p.m. Monday on her parents' property in the 10,000 block of County Road South 400 East in Tippecanoe County.

She was not wearing the vehicle's seat belt, a helmet or any other safety equipment, according to Matt Tholen, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officer."

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#62 Jul 25, 2007
Lesson wrote:
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...
Thank you!

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

South Bend, IN

#63 Jul 25, 2007
sandy wrote:
<quoted text>
You make this sound like she was out joy riding, "tearing around corners at breakneck speed". This family lived on hundreds of acres of land. The atv was transportation, not entertainment. When farmers are injured or killed with their own equipment, you don't accuse them of acting crazy; why would you accuse this deceased child of something similar, when you have no idea of their background? She wasn't out 'tearing through the terrain' or 'joyriding'...she was using a means of transportation that could get her from point A to point B when the distance was too great to be crossed by foot...
So you are saying these things DO spontaneously roll over?
Brandia

Everett, WA

#64 Jul 26, 2007
Way to go people!!! Hooray for you, you all get to be self-righteous & indignant. The fact still remains a little girl is dead, all the hopes & dreams she had, that her parents had for her, are gone. I guess you've all been nailed to a cross, died & come back from the dead, too? I was going to move to Indiana in the next year because it was supposed to be a place of good old fashion Christian values... if this is it, the way "Christian's" act in Indiana, then you all can keep it. So let me get this right... so none of your kids have ever cut themselves, skinned thier knees, sped, done anything dangerous? I'm so glad that you all have raised these perfect little unscarred or unblemished little children. Shame on you... what if this mother sees this blog? You don't think she hurting enough, maybe you can all go run to Haggen's for some more salt to throw in that wound. Do we all feel better now?

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#65 Jul 26, 2007
Brandia wrote:
Way to go people!!! Hooray for you, you all get to be self-righteous & indignant. The fact still remains a little girl is dead, all the hopes & dreams she had, that her parents had for her, are gone. I guess you've all been nailed to a cross, died & come back from the dead, too? I was going to move to Indiana in the next year because it was supposed to be a place of good old fashion Christian values... if this is it, the way "Christian's" act in Indiana, then you all can keep it. So let me get this right... so none of your kids have ever cut themselves, skinned thier knees, sped, done anything dangerous? I'm so glad that you all have raised these perfect little unscarred or unblemished little children. Shame on you... what if this mother sees this blog? You don't think she hurting enough, maybe you can all go run to Haggen's for some more salt to throw in that wound. Do we all feel better now?
These threads get ridiculous. I guess my presence on this thread made a few people feel better after questioning/offending my parenting skills. Go figure. I'm off this board now, you all can have it. I gave my condolences.
sierra

Lincolnwood, IL

#66 May 5, 2009
hey she was my best friend in the world and yes her parents are very nice people its not thier fault i think about her every day

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