Three recovering after playground ATV hit-and-run

An electric, one-man all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that does not require a license fled from the scene.

June 3, 2010 03:22
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car accident 190.114. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

A father and his two preschool sons are recovering at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center, where they were rushed on Sunday after being run over. A young driver of an electric, one-man all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that does not require a license fled from the scene after hitting the three while they sat on the grass of a Kiryat Malachi playground.

Father Yossi and his sons Ariel, 4, and Noam, 2, were admitted to the trauma room and later transferred to the surgery department in moderate condition.

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The driver, a 16-year-old boy from Kiryat Malachi, was arrested by the police late Monday night.

Yossi’s wife Rinat said her husband suffered vertebral fractures as well as a broken leg and was more seriously injured than the boys. He may need surgery but will surely need to spend considerable time at Kaplan for rehabilitation. One child suffered contusions on the hand and head, while the other had a broken bone.

Orthopedist Dr. Dan Epstein said that in principle, “we recommend not moving an injured person until Magen David Adom medics arrive to ensure that he is immobilized during his transfer to the hospital to avoid spine injury. The accident could have ended much worse,” he added.

Yossi said that the teen who ran over them ran away, leaving his children screaming and him unconscious. He called on parents whose children have ATVs that do not require license to set down the rules in their use. Rinat said these vehicles are more than a nuisance to passersby.

‘They should not be allowed to operate in places full of people. Don’t allow the next accident to occur as it did with us – in a playground considered the safest place for children.”

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