Boy, age 12, driving ATV on road collides with passing van

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A 12-year-old male was sent to the hospital after a two-vehicle collision involving an ATV on Chalet Line in Malahide Township on May 14.

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to the minor collision at 1:34 p.m., said Constable Troy Carlson.

The 12-year-old was travelling eastbound on Chalet Line when the ATV he was operating collided with an eastbound cube van that was in the process of passing the ATV.

The 12-year-old sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.

“Thank God the boy was okay, minor scrapes and sore back and neck,” said Malahide resident Nicole Kunkel, who witnessed the incident.

The ATV operator was deemed at fault in the collision, and the ATV sustained extensive damage. The driver of the cube van was not injured, and the van did not sustain any damage. The road was closed for a portion of the afternoon following the incident.

Due to the age of the driver, the owner of the ATV has been charged under the Off-Road Vehicle Act, 1(2) for no insurance. Warnings were issued about permitting the youth to operate an ATV on a roadway with no license.

“Far too often, trucks fly down this road. A few neighbours and us are going to be asking for more police presence to crack down on a few trucks in particular,” said Ms. Kunkel, adding it can be hazardous to the many horse-and-buggies that use Chalet Line.

“We would all be happy if the speed limit was dropped to 60 kilometres an hour like other horse-and-buggy rural roads,” she said. There was one other instance she named of an ATV driver using this road to access trails.

Chalet Line is an east-west gravel road. At the time of the collision, the roads were dry and the weather was clear and daylight, said Cst. Carlson.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express