2 ATV Deaths Bring State's Death Toll To 19

Two ATV deaths over the weekend in Kentucky bring the state's death toll to 19, currently the highest in the nation.

Police say 21-year old Ralph Moore died after crashing in Martin County.

Moore was driving his all terrain vehicle along Kentucky 17-14 when he lost control in a curve, crossed the center line and hit a car.

In Western Kentucky, a 23-year-old Bowling Green man died after a crash in Caldwell County.

Police say Daniel Fitzgerald's ATV overturned several times throwing him off.

He died at the hospital.

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  • by Voice of Reason Location: Lexington on Jun 13, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    I guess we'll just have to wait for the next death to see if it was stupidity or something else. Personally, I don't want to see another story about someone being killed by anything, but these ATV deaths really can be eliminated or at least not as numerous if (and that's a big IF) common sense was used. Unfortunately, you can't take a class on common sense; it is something that is ingrained over a long period of time. I don't expect a child to have a lot of common sense but I do expect parent(s) to ensure common sense is used when dealing with what they let their children do.
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 13, 2007 at 08:01 AM
    Harold? Hahaha, ok, VofR. I guess there's a prevailing attitude of "it won't happen to me" when it comes to ATVs. With this happening over and over for the same reasons, it honestly has to be stupidity or being out of touch with reality. IT HAPPENS. PREVENT IT FOR YOUR OWN SAKE AND THE SAKE OF INNOCENT DRIVERS.
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Lexington on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    Hey mel; that was me posting as Harold. I wasn't sure if people got tired of seeing the "voice of reason" moniker, but thanks for agreeing. I don't do it to make it sound like I am smarter than others; it's just a name. Your posts normally echo my sentiments to a tee. I really get tired of reading articles and hearing the news concerning ATV deaths and injuries when they CAN be prevented. For those who don't understand what I mean let me explain. If YOU can control the outcome of what your are doing but don't, I don't classify it as an accident. If it is beyond your control, then I refer to it as an accident. For instance, you ride your ATV with your child on it and neither of you have a helmet on. Both of you fall off and are either injured or killed. First thing you could have controlled was not placing your child on the ATV so I won't even go into the child not wearing a helmet. Second thing you could have controlled was putting a helmet on your head. The outcome may have been different. You could have controlled that situation so that is not an accident in my book. Now, let's say you buy 4 brand new tires for your car. You are driving home from the tire shop on the interstate and one tire blows and you wreck your car. You couldn't control that. You had no idea that the tire was going to blow because it was brand new. That is an accident in my book; you couldn't control that. I'm just tired of seeing people die needlessly when precautions can be taken. Yes, precautions such as wearing a seatbelt in a car don't guarantee you will be safe, but it's a precaution nonetheless which may save you from injury or death. Why wouldn't you take every precaution to control the outcome?
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 12, 2007 at 09:01 AM
    The Moore death was caused by riding along a highway, losing control in a curve and crossing the center line. Not intended use for ATV but very common in KY. I agree with Harold on his definition of an accident, and yes, it does matter what and how you are driving as far as when you die. I promise you if I go out of this hospital right now and drive my car into oncoming traffic, I'm gonna die. If I don't, I'm not. You have responsibility for your own safety and riding/driving ANY vehicle is in YOUR hands and under YOUR control. Don't involve innocent drivers with your negligence.
  • by Common Sense Location: Lexington on Jun 12, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    Yes, even smart people die from ATVs but the MAJORITY of those who die from ATVs were stupid because they didn't read the instructions and didn't use common sense. The word is MAJORITY, NOT EVERYBODY!
  • by Zachry Location: London on Jun 12, 2007 at 05:49 AM
    I own a ATV and I think them coments about peopel bein stupid aint' right. Just cuz I own an ride ATV's dont mean I'm stupid and dont no better. I'm safe and dont drive on the road unless I go to my malebox to get my stuff but that aint to far. I dont wear a helmet cuz it musses up my hair, yea i'm joking. I wear a helmet cuz I no I drive kinda fast and could hurt myslef but their fun to drive. Thanks for letting me add my coments to this.
  • by concerned Location: Red River Gorge on Jun 12, 2007 at 05:00 AM
    Yes, there may be stupid people that ride atv's just like stupid people that drive the streets of winchester in a car! Ultimately it doesn't matter where you are or what you are riding on or in if it is your time to go then God will take you. Don't give the vechile a bad name just because someone was negligent while riding in it or on it. You don't know the circumstances surrounding this crash because unfortunately not all the story is know. So hold off on judgement of the machines until you find out exactly how the owner was operating it...
  • by Harold Location: KY on Jun 12, 2007 at 04:43 AM
    My definition of an accident is something that COULD NOT have been prevented. If you look at the majority of the ATV deaths, they COULD have been prevented if people actually followed the instructions as well as used common sense. The bulk of these deaths have occured due to a handful of things; 1. Riding without a helmet. 2. Having more than one person on the ATV (the instructions state NO PASSENGERS). 3. Allowing children to operate an ATV. 4. Using the ATV on a road with other vehicles when it is specifically for "off road" use. 5. Alcohol use (yeah, this is for other vehicles as well but...) 6. Driving too fast for the terrain/conditions. etc, etc, etc. To say that someone's comments don't deserve to be posted is crazy. Everybody is entitled to their opinion whether you agree or not. You may not agree with me, but this is my opinion and I have every right to post it. Please do some research and if you can prove me wrong, I'll listen. The factors I have posted are the majority of reasons these ATV deaths occur.
  • by Not an ATC Owner Location: Winchester on Jun 12, 2007 at 04:04 AM
    Don from London...NO, it is from stupidity. What parent would place their child on an ATV without a helmet? I guess I can also say what parent would place their 6 year old on an ATV? A STUPID PARENT! If you look at all the deaths/injuries from riding ATVs, the vast majority of them could have been prevented if people were a bit smarter on what they were doing, like NOT ALLOWING CHILDREN ON THEM as well as not driving them on roads. Look at the instructions posted on the ATV sticker...FOR OFF ROAD USE ONLY!"
  • by Tracey Location: Livingston on Jun 11, 2007 at 08:48 PM
    To 'Lanny & Not an ATV owner'. First of all 'Lanny' far more people die in KY from auto accidents...would you like for the state of KY to take away your auto and give you a horse and buggy?? (in which people also get killed). 'Not an ATV Owner' you had some nerve when you posted that message!! Unless your comment came from someone forseeing "YOUR" death as being ran over by an ATV...Yes Don I agree it is a lack of training and/or supervision but we have to stop and think that no matter how much training we have at something whether it be leisure activities or our jobs we still all make mistakes from time to time, this mistake happen to take a life and my prayers also go out to the families.
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