Child killed in crash while riding ATV in Visalia, police say

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Child killed in crash while riding ATV in Visalia, police say
Visalia police are investigating a fatal collision that left a child dead. Officers say the boy was riding an ATV when he was hit by a truck.

VISALIA, Calif. (KFSN) -- Deep tire marks and knocked-over trees remain at the scene where a child riding an ATV was struck and killed Sunday afternoon.

Pictures from Visalia Watchdog show how far the truck involved went into the orchards.

"Our hearts go out to the family. This is nothing more than a tragic traffic accident," Sgt. Art Alvarez with the Visalia Police Department says. "It's a traumatic event not only for the family but also for the other party involved."

Alvarez says a Chevrolet truck hit the ATV along West Riggin Avenue in Visalia.

He says the child riding the ATV was pronounced dead at the scene, and the person behind the wheel is cooperating with the investigation.

"The motors unit responded and took over the investigation. The driver of the vehicle is being fully cooperative. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor," Alvarez says.

Alvarez says cases like these are heartbreaking and wants to remind everyone to always be cautious on busy roadways.

"Whether riding a bike, skateboard, ATV, dirt bike...anything where you are sharing a roadway or crossing a roadway with other vehicles, please be cautious. Look both ways. Those on the roadway, watch your speed," Alvarez says.

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