Eight-year-old airlifted after Tippecanoe County four-wheeler crash

Officers said a four-wheeler crashed into a creek and the juvenile fell in. According to investigators, the person was pinned under the four-wheeler for a period of time.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 4:58 AM
Updated: Aug 22, 2018 3:14 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — An eight-year-old boy has been airlifted after a serious off-road vehicle crash in southern Tippecanoe County, according to DNR officers. He is listed in critical condition at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

It happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 9000 block south of U.S. 231. That's just north of Romney.

Officers said a four-wheeler crashed into a creek and the juvenile fell in. According to investigators, the boy was pinned under the four-wheeler for a period of time.

He was taken to Franciscan Health Lafayette East and then airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children. Officers said the boy was not wearing a helmet.

As of Wednesday morning, his condition is still not known.

A year ago, a law was passed in Indiana that requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet on all off-road vehicles. In July, we reported no one under the age of 18 has died in an ORV accident since the law was passed. Prior to the law, DNR officers said in 2016 there were 23 deaths from ORV accidents and of those 23 deaths, seven were children under the age of 18.

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