UPDATE: 2 Teens Killed and 2 Injured in Severe UTV Accident
A tragic UTV accident left a 12-year-old boy dead and 2 teenagers seriously injured after crashing into a pick-up truck.
RUNNING A STOP SIGN
The accident happened in Waxahachie after a 2008 Cam-am Defender failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the side of a truck.
A 16-year-old was driving the UTV with a 12-year-old boy and two 14-year-olds rising as passengers. When the UTV approached a stop sign, the 16-year-old blew past it, which sent the UTV right into the passenger side of a Ford Ranger. The impact was so severe that it set off all the airbags in the pick-up truck. All of the kids in the UTV were ejected when it rolled over.
THE SAD AFTERMATH
According to DPS, the 12-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene and the other teenagers were severely injured. The 70-year-old driver of the pick-up truck and his wife were unharmed. DPS concluded the driver of the pick-up was not at fault and had the right away.
DPS Sgt. Williams Lockridge explains, "While this is a tragedy, we want to take this as a teaching moment to let people know these things are fun, they're a lot of fun, but they're not built to be on public roadways. Lockridge clarifies "UTVs are not street-legal vehicles and accidents like this are becoming far too common.
KEEP UTV'S OFF OF PUBLIC ROADS
UTVs can be regularly spotted traveling down smaller neighborhood roads and in the downtown area. Hopefully, this is a tragic, but eye-opening situation and helps people realize, that these types of vehicles have no business being driven on a public road.