A 14-year-old boy was killed in an ATV accident in Logan County that involved three teenagers.
According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Paul Timmons, the driver of the ATV was a 13-year-old girl and both male passengers were 14.
The girl was driving on Simpson Road east of Kelly Avenue in Logan County when she lost control of the vehicle. The ATV left the road and hit an embankment before rolling over. A 14-year old boy, the only person in the ATV not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the ATV and pinned underneath it.
The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not injured but the other boy was taken to OU Medical Center for minor abrasions and bruises, News 9 reported.
As Capt. Timmons said in a statement, ATVs are not street legal. While the teenagers were riding on the street, ATVs are designed to be ridden off-road. According to road safety experts, there is no surface more dangerous for an ATV than pavement. Most ATV fatalities in Oklahoma and elsewhere in the United States occur on public roads rather than off-road, the Consumer Protection Safety Commission has found. ATVs do not have tires designed for pavement or turn signals. They also have a high center of gravity with a narrow wheelbase that makes it easy to lose control of the vehicle on a paved road, where they are prone to flipping over.