A 14-year-old Irmo-area youth who was killed over the weekend in an ATV accident was identified Sunday as Daniel Beckworth.
“He lost control of his vehicle, overturned and struck a tree,” said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.
Another youth on the Arctic Cat ATV (all terrain vehicle), who was not identified, was seriously injured and is in the hospital, Watts said.
Beckworth was a student at Dutch Fork Middle School.
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Neither youth was apparently wearing a helmet.
Despite years of trying, supporters of a law that would ban younger children from driving the ATVs and would require older children to take a training program to familiarize themselves with the vehicles, the S.C. General Assembly has declined to act.
South Carolina is one of six states that have no youth ATV regulations.
A proposal that would make it illegal for a child 6 or under to operate an ATV and required children 9-15 who operate ATVs to wear helmets and have safety training is in laws It has passed the House and is now before the S.C. Senate.
According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, 63 children under the age of 17 have died in ATV accidents in the last 10 years.
Of those 63 deaths, 40 percent were children younger than 9 years old.
The State of Florida, for example, advises that all ATV drivers under 16 be supervised by an adult.