FAYETTE COUNTY (KXAN) — A 9-year-old child has died after a 4-wheeler accident Wednesday in the Ammannsville area.
Caleb Heger was driving a 4-wheeler on Lidiak Road east of Radhost School Road around 12:41 p.m. According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, this was a road he frequently traveled. Caleb was on the full-size 4-wheeler by himself when he went down a steep embankment near the creek and crashed.
Fayette County EMS, Medics, and the Schulenburg Fire Department were called to the scene to help Caleb. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office say Caleb was transferred to St. Marks’ Hospital to treat his injuries. He later died at the hospital.
Numbers from a 2014 report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, show there were 13,617 ATV-related deaths from 1982 to 2014. Of the total ATV or all-terrain vehicle fatalities, 43 percent or 1,342 deaths were children under 12 years old.
Nationwide, Texas has the highest number of reported ATV deaths. From 2012 to 2014 there were 89 ATV-related deaths in Texas.