Two teens suffer life threatening injuries after crashing ATV

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

Two teens are in the hospital with life threatening injuries after they crashed an ATV. Officials say neither was wearing a helmet.

“We want to remind ATV operators about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding,” Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, said. “Appropriate helmets can help to reduce injuries sustained to riders in the event of a crash.”

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the crash happened shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. We’re told two 15-year-olds were riding the 4-wheeler near Courtableau Road in Port Barre.

A witness told deputies that the teens swerved directly into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

“Safety helmets were not being worn by the juveniles at the time of the crash,” Captain Megan Vizena, said. “Both victims were transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The driver of the motor vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash. “

The Sheriff wants to remind people that it is illegal to drive an ATV without a Class “E” driver’s license, and you cannot enter the roadway unless the vehicle is engaging in the business of farming.

Information about Louisiana State Law regarding ATV operation on public roadways can be found at http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=88237.

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