Two children hurt in ATV accident
Published: Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 10:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 10:10 p.m.
GAINESVILLE -- Two Clearwater siblings, ages 14 and 4, were seriously
injured Thursday afternoon in an ATV accident in Dixie County, according to
the Florida Highway Patrol.
Zackery Ford, 14, and Zoe Ford, 4, were transported to Shands at the
University of Florida shortly after 2 p.m., Zackery in critical condition
and Zoe in serious condition, according to FHP.
The accident occurred around 2:15 p.m. Thursday when the children were
riding north on SE 851st Street on a Honda ATV about five miles south of
Old Town. Zackery was driving and lost control while turning a curve on the
graded limerock road, troopers said.
The ATV traveled across a drainage culvert and then hit a tree. Zackery
was thrown headfirst into the tree on impact. Although Zoe was also thrown
from the vehicle and sustained facial injuries, she was able to walk to a
nearby residence to summon help for her injured and unconscious brother.
Zackery was flown to Shands at UF in critical condition, according to Lt.
Mike Burroughs with FHP. Burroughs said Zackery later regained
consciousness and was listed in serious but stable condition late Thursday.
Reached by phone Thursday night, the siblings' uncle, Roy Bowlin of
Fanning Springs, said the two children are his niece and nephew by marriage
and they have been visiting him. He declined to comment further, saying the
family was too shaken up by the incident to talk about it.
Burroughs said Bowlin told him both children were wearing helmets when
they left the house. A helmet with bark on it was found at the scene of the
crash, indicating Zackery was wearing a helmet, but Burroughs could not be
sure Zoe was wearing her helmet.
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