Two Rio Grande Valley girls are dead following two separate incidents involving All-terrain vehicles. Authorities are urging the community to take special precautions when using these vehicles.
On Saturday, March 3, seven-year-old Yagira Rodriguez was airlifted to a hospital due to serious injuries after an ATV accident. She later died from her injuries. On Sunday, March 4, a second child died from injuries she received from an ATV crash. Both accidents happened in Hidalgo County.
Lt. Johnny Hernandez, Texas DPS Spokesperson, “Troopers responded out there about 4:40pm where there was an ATV vehicle involved stricken against a fixed object which was a utility pole.”
Four children occupied one seat in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Three were transported by ground to a local hospital.
“We’re still investigating that crash and we understand that there was another one this past Sunday. It was on a private ranch involving three children. There was a four-year-old girl who died because of the ATV they were riding in.”
Both accidents occurred in different places. One on a county residential public road which is considered illegal and the other on ranch property.
Lt. Hernandez adds, “Safety should always be in mind. This is why, if you’re going to let them use ATV’s, make sure that they are wearing proper gear when they are on these vehicles. From helmets to protective shoulder pads to boots to everything that you can do and to also supervise them if under the age of 14.”
Both vehicles were over capacity. Now two families are grieving the loss of their children.