Last Friday, a 10-year-old Livingston girl was fatally injured in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident. The minor, Montana Garner, was a passenger on the adult-sized vehicle being operated by her 12-year-old friend. At some point the vehicle flipped, landing on top of her head and causing her death.
Upon receiving the call about their daughter, Larry and Diane Garner rushed to the scene of the accident. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, her mother administered CPR without response. Montana was rushed to a nearby hospital before being airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital.
Garner’s parents claim they didn’t know their daughter was riding or in any way operating an ATV. They told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they never would’ve given the child permission if the parents had asked.
According to ATVSafety.gov, a site sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, children under 16 should never be allowed to operate an adult-sized ATV. Their research found that in 2008 alone, there were 135,100 emergency-room treated ATV accidents and 410 of them were fatal.
WWF&G represents victims and families of ATV accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving an ATV, please contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-462-1077 for a free consultation.