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TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Behind tall, metal gates is a picturesque community, complete with a clear lake and rolling hills.
Scott Bradford said the hills inside Carrington Lakes are too much of a temptation for children riding ATVs. Bradford lives just down the block from the spot where 13-year-old Brayden Turner was killed in an ATV accident Saturday.
“It’s sad, you know,” Bradford said. “I hate to see young kids lose their lives like that.”
Bradford said he sees neighborhood children speeding down the hills in ATVs and golf carts routinely.
“Police need to be in here,” Bradford said. “But it’s a gated community, and most people don’t want the police in here.”
Even though Carrington Lakes is a gated community, the roads inside the gates are still considered public roads. The only law on the books in Alabama regarding ATVs: don’t ride them on public roads or sand dunes.
ATV accidents like the one that happened Saturday in Trussville are not rare. Dr. Steve Baldwin with Children’s of Alabama said injuries sustained as a result of ATV and motorcycle accidents are some of the most common injuries he sees.
“ATVs tend to be heavy and travel at pretty high speeds, and there’s a lot of force,” Baldwin said. “And children aren’t built to sustain those kind of forces when something goes awry with the ATV.”
Baldwin said even helmets and other protective gear are not enough to protect children riding ATVs.
Bradford hopes police will crack down on children riding ATVs in his neighborhood before another crash steals another life.
13-year-old Brayden Turner and five other children were riding the ATV when it overturned Saturday night. One little girl sustained a leg injury but is recovering well.
“We are experiencing the loss of one of our seventh grade students. We have system-wide counselors at the middle school helping provide support,” said Hewitt-Trussville Middle School principal Lisa Berry. “I have been in contact with teachers over the weekend, and they are providing support as well.”
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