LA PLATA, Md. - A two year-old La Plata boy died on Saturday when an ATV he was operating rolled over on top of him.
According to the Charles County Sheriffs Department, on Jan. 6 at 12:46 p.m., officers responded to the family's residence in the 12200 block of Little Rock Place in La Plata after they were alerted to the accident. The officer's investigation revealed that the boy was operating a Baja Wilderness 50 four-wheeler in the front yard of his residence.
According to police, the vehicle is designed for children between 6- and 12-years-old and is equipped with a remote cut-off switch. When the boys mother turned the ATV off by the remote, the ATV came to a stop but the front wheels turned, causing the ATV to overturn on the boy.
The boy was taken by ambulance to Civista Medical Center and then flown by a helicopter to Childrens National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he was pronounced dead at 4:21 p.m. He was wearing a helmet.
His parents were not charged with a crime.
Officer J. Timko is investigating.