Lake City girl, 13, injured in ATV crash
Published: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 11:39 p.m.
The incident comes just two days after a 12-year-old boy drove his ATV into the path of a van in Levy County.
Florida Highway Patrol said the teen involved in the Columbia County crash, Brandi Spranger, was in a drainage pond near Ethlind Court and Billy Place at about 2:25 p.m. when the vehicle began to overturn.
Spranger's passenger, 12-year-old Melissa Jacobson, jumped to safety, but the 13-year-old driver ended up underneath the ATV after it overturned.
Spranger was taken to Shands at the University of Florida.
In the Levy County incident, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Matthew Schrader of Chiefland failed to yield the right of way to a van at an intersection on state Road 345.
Schrader was thrown from the vehicle and taken to Shands at UF with serious injuries.
Troopers cited the boy for failure to yield at an intersection and improper operation of an ATV on a roadway.
According to Florida law, in most cases, ATVs can only be operated on private property and not on public roads, streets or highways.
- Tiffany Pakkala
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