Off-Road Vehicle Accident Sends Two to Hospitals

An accident involving an off-road vehicle near Velpen yesterday afternoon sent two people to regional hospitals.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ preliminary investigation says 13-year-old Gavin Boyd of Winslow was operating an off-road vehicle along County Road 900 East near Velpen just before 2:50 pm yesterday afternoon when the accident took place. Authorities say Boyd lost control of his vehicle after hitting a pothole while going around a curve. The vehicle then went down an embankment, throwing both Boyd and his passenger, 6-year-old Briar Thomas of Petersburg, from the bike.

Boyd was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, while Thomas was taken to Deaconness Hospital in Evansville. Both were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Pike County EMS, and the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department all assisted at the scene.

In counties where it is legal to ride an Off Road Vehicle on a public roadway, the driver must have a valid drivers license, and the vehicle must be registered as an off road vehicle. Although not required, conservation officers say it is a good idea to always wear protective gear such as helmets, gloves, proper shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirts.