Dixie ATV accident injures 2 siblings


Published: Friday, January 5, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 5, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

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 had 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 was not sure if Zoe was wearing a helmet.

Alice Wallace can be reached at 374-5036 or alice.wallace@gvillesun.com

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