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While trooper drove, deputy revived boy who was not breathing

Jul 16, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A 4-year-old Kinnear boy stopped breathing after a four-wheeler accident Saturday but survived after being resuscitated by a local deputy.

The child was airlifted to Denver Children's Hospital after the incident; officials said he was in stable condition Tuesday but was being treated for serious injuries.

According to reports, the boy was riding a four-wheeler with his father at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday on private property in Kinnear when the machine tipped over backward and landed on the boy.

"The four-wheeler came completely over the top, and he landed underneath the four-wheeler," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Tuesday.

"He received multiple crushing injuries."

Reports state the 4-year-old stopped breathing after the incident. His father started driving the child toward Riverton Memorial Hospital but was intercepted by Fremont County Sheriff's deputy Donavan Detimore on the way.

"At that point (the child) was not breathing and did not have any signs of life," Lee said. "The deputy immediately began (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)."

Lee said Detimore continued administering CPR while a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper transported the child and the deputy to RMH.

When they arrived at the hospital, Lee said, the child was breathing.

"He was stabilized and flown out to another hospital," Lee said in a press release.

On Tuesday, Lee said a representative from the Denver-area children's hospital reported that the boy was in stable condition.

The incident is still under investigation, but Lee said it appears to have been an accident.