Ohio boy, 14, airlifted following head-on crash at the dunes.

October 2, 2017

Ohio boy, 14, airlifted following head-on crash at the dunes.



GOLDEN TOWNSHIP — A 14-year-old Mondova, Ohio boy was airlifted by an Aero Med helicopter following a head-on crash at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Sunday, Oct. 1.

The boy’s quad was hit head-on by another quad that was being operated by a 16-year-old boy from Saugatuck, Michigan, according to an Oceana County Sheriff’s Office accident report.

The 16-year-old, who was riding a 2015 Can Am quad, told police he “was jumping a dune, when he was airborne,” the report states. “He saw another quad that was right in front of him. He was in the air and could not avoid hitting the driver of the other quad.”

“The driver of the other quad was not spoken to because of the extent of his injuries,” the report states.

The 14-year-old was riding a 2006 Yamaha quad in the 11:24 crash. According to dispatch information, he was transported by Aero Med, which landed at the Cornerstone Community Church on Taylor Road in Mears. Oceana County EMS and the Hart Area Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The 16-year-old was injured but not hospitalized, according to the report.

Two other quad crashes causing injuries occurred at the dunes over the weekend. Both crashes occurred Saturday, Sept. 30, within an hour’s time. Drivers in both crashes were ejected from their quads and were transported by ambulances to area hospitals.

Saturday’s first crash occurred at 11:45 a.m. when a 32-year-old Ypsilanti man operating a 2008 Yamaha Raptor 700R “went over a large sand dune at an unknown speed. After going airborne over the hill and coming back in contact with the sand, the quad rolled end-over-end, ejecting the driver. The driver advised he was injured after being thrown from the vehicle,” states the accident report.

The next crash occurred at 12:29 p.m. Saturday when a 51-year-old Imlay City, Michigan man operating a 2007 Honda 450R TRX “went over a large sand dune at an unknown speed. The driver advised upon going over the dune, several quads were in his path of travel. Driver advised he tried to brake hard causing his quad to nose dive into the sand, ejecting him from his quad. Driver was unsure if he struck the other quads. No damage was visible to the front of his quad or the rear of others.”

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