The following was sent to the Bloomingtonian Friday:
For immediate release: Sept. 15, 2023
Juvenile dies in off-road vehicle (ORV) accident (Morgan County)
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ORV accident that occurred last night in Paragon.
At approximately 7 p.m., conservation officers were dispatched to a property near the 1600 block of Duckworth Road.
Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 12-year-old operated a side-by-side ORV on private property when the individual lost control on a gravel driveway causing the machine to strike a tree and flip on its side. The individual was pronounced dead on the scene.
No safety equipment or seatbelts were in use at the time of the incident, which is still under investigation.
Assisting agencies included the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Morgan County Emergency Medical Services, and the Morgan County Coroner.
Indiana Conservation Officers remind the public that ORV operators and passengers should always wear a helmet, protective riding gear, and use all ORV safety restraints.
Media contact: ICO Brent Bohbrink, DNR Law Enforcement, 812-320-9817, [email protected]