Eight Year Old Recovering After Crashing Small ATV

By J.D. Miles, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An eight-year-old boy was seriously injured after he slammed his miniature 4-wheel vehicle into a parked car Sunday in northwest Dallas.

Jose Perez was operating a gas-powered ATV, also known as a pocket 4-wheeler.

“I was really worried because he was, like, one of my best friends,” said Dennilson Wvelle, an 11-year-old neighbor. “It sounded like an explosion of dynamite.”

Perez broke his arm, two of his fingers and has several stitches because of cuts on his face. After a brief stay at the Children’s Medical Center, the boy is back home with his family recovering.

But they warn other parents about the dangers of a vehicle they no longer consider to be a child’s toy.

State law requires anyone riding an ATV to be wearing a helmet, but the Perez family said they didn’t know it applied to the much smaller versions.

“They brought him inside and then they called the ambulance,” said Estefania De Leon, the victim’s sister. “I thought it was bad.”

The family has gotten rid of the vehicle and doesn’t plan to buy another one.


One Comment

  1. Tik Moo Ralles says:

    Sounds like the kid is very lucky to be alive.

  2. 2sister says:

    I’m glad he didn’t die. Even the motorized kiddy toys that look like atvs (i.e. Buzz light year cycle) recommend that the toddler driving it wears a helmet.

    1. 2sister says:

      I realize, however, that what this kid was riding on was not a kiddy toy that looks like an ATV. It apparently was a battery powered ATV.

      1. RussP says:

        The atricle says it was a gas powered “pocket” 4 wheeler. These are not meant to be kids toys at all. They are meant for riders at least 4′ tall and are not legal for street use. Minors are required by law to be wearing a helmet when riding them.

      2. 2sister says:

        I realize that he was driving a mini ATV and not a kiddy cycle (i.e. Buzz Light year). My point is that I can’t understand why he wasn’t wearing a helmet and why they didn’t seem to realize that he should have one on. I was just, by comparison, saying that even the kiddy battery powered ride on cycles instruct you that it’s best to wear a helmet when riding outside.

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