A Smyer resident involved in a dirt bike accident has been pronounced dead on Monday.
The passenger, 22-year-old John Gonzales, passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. The driver, 17-year-old Zachary Craven, was upgraded to satisfactory condition on Monday.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers tell us they were injured when the dirt bike they were riding crashed into the back of a Kubota Mule Tractor at FM 2378 and Filly Road, just northwest of Wolfforth. Both men were ejected from the bike and taken to UMC.
DPS is reminding all ATV, dirt bike and golf cart riders that those types of vehicles should not be driven on roadways.
"These are not full-scale vehicles. They don't have protection all the way 360 like we do in a car," said Corporal John Gonzalez with Texas DPS.
"Unfortunately, with these smaller vehicles, if you fall out of them first thing that's going to hit the ground is your head, so wearing protective gear to protect yourself and paying attention to your surroundings is very important. Any county road that's maintained from bar ditch to bar ditch, none of these vehicles can be operated on roadways," Gonzalez said.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says each year, 700 people die in accidents related to All-Terrain Vehicles and another 136,000 are taken to the emergency room with injuries. That's why DPS reminds riders of any off-road vehicle to always wear a helmet, never ride on a public road and never ride with a passenger.
"Especially with head injuries, these are most common with four-wheelers or go-carts because when they flip they're top heavy and flip on top of the person," Cpl. Gonzalez said.
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