WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon March 20, 2006
ATV Bill In Senate, Two Deaths Reported
Frankfort, KY – Clarksville, Tennessee police say a Fort Campbell soldier has died after suffering head injuries while riding his new all-terrain vehicle.
Authorities say 21 year old John Snyder was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at the Army post.
Clarksville police say Snyder died Sunday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in nashville.
Police officer Randy Bechtold says Snyder crashed into a tree while riding at a friend's house less than two hours after he bought the ATV.
Bechtold says a helmet was found in the cab of a pickup truck used to transport the four-wheelers.
A teenager has died of injuries suffered when the ATV on which he was riding collided with another vehicle.
Coroner Dorris Lamb says 14 year old Casey Wilson of Elkton was dead on arrival at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville the result of multiple blunt trauma.
State police say three other teens were injured when the two ATV's collided in Todd County. Officers say none of the boys wore a helmet.
The ATV on which Wilson was riding collided with another driven by 15 year old Joe Wilson, Jr. of Hopkinsville.
Both drivers and both passengers were thrown from their vehicles.
Meanwhile, the bill requiring youngsters under 16 to strap on helmets when riding ATV's is expected to come up this week in the Senate Transportation Committee. That's according to the panel's chairman, Republican Senator Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green.
Supporters of the House-passed bill point out that Kentucky leads the nation in ATV deaths and many victims are youngsters.
However, Guthrie says the bill may be amended by the Senate panel to exempt youngsters from wearing helmets when doing farm chores aboard four wheelers. helmets would still be required fro recreational riding.