Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Christopher Bard, 14 years of age, of Terryville, Connecticut. He died from an ATV accident in Wolcott this past Sunday. The reported facts indicate that the ATV accident happened at approximately 1:30 in the morning.
Christopher was out with his uncle riding near an area known as Bristol/Wolcott. Police reports state the two were out fishing when it started raining very hard which lead the two to attempt to return to the Uncles' home. Christopher struck a closed gate resulting in extensive chest injuries.
I know it may seem cruel to discuss what happened so close to the time that Christopher's life has been taken, but if we talk about it now we may stop this from happening to someone else's child.
Q. Should a 14 year old be out at 1:30 in the morning on an ATV? This gets back to my One Poor Decision motto. Christopher may not be the best person to make this decision, he's 14. His 32 year old Uncle should have shown better judgment.
Q. Did anyone check the weather? Realizing that you are going out in the middle of the night on an ATV that may or may not have lights, did anyone check the weather to see if there was a chance of rain? Police believe Christopher was attempting to shield his face from the rain when he failed to see the closed gate.
Q. Was Christopher familiar with the area they were riding? When we take people out to our land, I know they are not familiar with the property. We should always make sure that our guests are advised of any potential dangers that might cause harm.
Q. Christopher was not wearing a helmet. I realize he died from chest injuries. I know many of you are unhappy when I post about helmets. A helmet to me says that safety is important. Riding without a helmet in the middle of the night tells me safety was not an important issue in this tragedy.
These are just a few questions that I believe should be discussed in order to stop this from happening to anyone else. Perhaps from this senseless tragedy we could educate one another on the dangers that exist from ATV accidents and prevent this from happening to another family.
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