No decision on charges in ATV crash
ATV association urges provincial safety programs for riders
It's still too early to say whether charges will be laid against the parents of four children hurt in an ATV crash in southeast Manitoba.
A 13-year-old boy was driving the machine Wednesday on Twin Rivers Road in the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie, about 55 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg.
He was carrying three passengers — a 10-year-old girl, a two-year-old boy and a one-year-old boy — when the ATV crashed and everyone was thrown from it. None of the children were wearing helmets, RCMP said.
The girl has been released from hospital but the boys are still being treated at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre.
The teen and the one-year-old are in stable condition but the two-year-old is listed in intensive care.
RCMP say their investigation is ongoing and any possible charges fall under the provincial Off Road Vehicles Act, which requires people to wear helmets and not operate off-road vehicles on public roadways.
The Act also prohibits anyone under the age of 14 to operate an ATV without adult supervision.
Chris Fox-Decent, president of the All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Manitoba, said the children had no business being on an ATV.
"There are certain things about this accident that are completely incomprehensible. I don't see this as the regular — as the average accident," he said.
Family not ready to talk
Family members of the injured children are not ready or able to speak with the media about the incident, said a spokesperson with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
"[The father] has asked that you respect their privacy. He did say he wanted to thank the many people who have let him know they are keeping his family in their prayers," the WRHA's Heidi Graham stated in a news release.
Wednesday's crash happened just nine days after 26-year-old Nathan Taylor was killed when his ATV slammed into two parked ATVs near the town of Sarto, Man.
Fox-Decent said the province should pay for a safety program for riders. His group is trying to set up local clubs to deliver safety programs but they need money from the government.
"The club is a great way to communicate with the rider at the rider's level, right down on the machine, face-to-face interaction, and educate these riders on the appropriate use of these machines," he said.
"It's terrible to hear of accidents like these happening, and it seems to be happening more and more these days with the popularity of recreational ATVing on the rise."