LABELLE, FL. -- A crash Sunday afternoon between an all terrain vehicle and a Ford truck left two pre-tenns injured and taken to Lee Memorial Hospital with critical injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the two boys were hit as they pulled from a wooded area onto Ft. Denaud Road west of LaBelle and north of Huggetts Road. ATV passenger Johnny Marquez age 9, of 43 Everglades Street, LaBelle, and driver Ryan M. Hellard age 12, of 1391 Navaho Avenue, LaBelle are reportedly being treated for broken legs.
The 2000 Ford truck driver, Solon Mils, 76 of LaBelle was not charged in the accident. Both boys were illegally riding the 1998 Yamaha ATV. In Hendry county, no ATVs may be ridden on public property or roadways. ATVs, as unlicensed vehicles, are often ridden unsupervised throughout the area by youths usually without protective headgear, and are a leading cause of serious juvenile injury.
The ATV had $10,000 damage according to FHP Trooper Timothy W. Burtcher and the Ford truck $500. Charges are pending against the ATV driver.