KINGSPORT, Tenn. - After an ATV accident killed a four-year-old boy in Kingsport on Tuesday, some people are asking how you can safely store your ATV.
Some may think an ATV is only dangerous when it's in use, but they can also be deadly when they're not moving. "It's one of those situations that could happen to anyone at anytime," says Kingsport Police public information officer Tom Patton.
Patton tells us a a four-year-old boy died Tuesday after he pushed and pulled an ATV while it was parked on a hill off Rogan Street. "When it rolled down the hill the child was in front of the ATV. He got pinned against the house and received fatal injuries in the accident," adds Patton.
Patton tells us the four-wheeler was not running and the keys were not in it at the time of the accident.
After this accident officers and ATV dealers want to make sure another family doesn't go through this tragedy. "An individual shouldn't treat this any different from a car, for that matter. You get in your car, you need to make sure it's in gear, make sure the emergency brake is on," says Chris Steadman with Rec-Direct Factory Outlets.
Steadman says to make sure the four-wheeler is in park or the emergency brake is on before leaving it unattended. "Most manufactures have a parking brake, or you can place in them in gear when they're stationary," adds Steadman.
Steadman also suggests parking the ATV on level ground, away from where kids can play with it. "They need to be stored inside or in an area where they cannot be accessed," says Steadman.
Patton says this accident should remind people to be extra careful when dealing with ATVS. "Take a little bit of extra precaution. Looking around for possible danger zones can go a long way," says Patton.
Patton tells us this accident is under investigation. No charges have been filed.
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