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Teen injured in ATV crash
Oct 22, 2013 - From staff reports
Officials said the boy was riding on the front rack when the vehicle crashed into a trailer.
A 14-year-old boy was sitting on the front rack of an ATV when it smashed head-on into a flatbed trailer Monday in the 800 block of Lough Drive in Riverton. Authorities think the collision broke the teenagers legs, and he was taken to the hospital.
"It was (the investigating sheriff's deputy's) belief (the driver) probably didn't see the other vehicle and the trailer due to the person being on the front and obscuring his view," Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said.
Charges are pending against the vehicle's driver, Charles Witt, 20, of Riverton, who stayed on the scene. Alcohol was not a factor, Lee said.
Two females who were riding on the back of the yellow Honda four-wheeler fled before law enforcement arrived. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office is working to identify them.
"I don't know why they fled," Lee said. "Whether they were just scared, I don't know."
Witt was driving east with the three passengers on East Monroe Avenue at about 5:45 p.m. when he turned right on Lough Drive and crashed into the red flatbed trailer, which was attached to a one-ton Chevrolet pickup truck.
The 14-year-old's legs were smashed between the ATV and the trailer. No other injuries were reported.