The S.C. Highway Patrol has not completed its incident report on the ATV-related death of 14-year-old Danny Beckworth, the Irmo youth who died over the weekend while operating an all terrain vehicle, a spokesman said Monday.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley made it clear the governor will sign any measure passed by the General Assembly that provides training and protection for youths who operate and ride on ATVs.
Currently, South Carolina is one of only six states that have no youth ATV protection laws. ATVs can be powerful and unstable vehicles in certain conditions.
An unidentified boy who was said to be 15 was a passenger on the ATV and received serious injuries in the accident.
The crash happened on Miles Bowman Road off of Kennerly Road around 6 p.m. Saturday, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.
Danny Beckworth, of Beechwood Lane in Irmo, was operating his Arctic Cat ATV when “he lost control, ran off the road into a ditch and overturned striking a tree,” Watts said.
In the last 10 years, 63 children under the age of 17 have died in ATV accidents in South Carolina.
A bill that would require some training and protections for children is now in the General Assembly. Supporters have tried and failed for years to get lawmakers to pass such a measure. However, many politicians don’t like to support such bills because many voters disapprove of new government laws that seek to regulate conduct.
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, ATVs have a high number of deaths and injuries associated with their use. The agency has a link on its Internet site with tips for the safe use of such vehicles, especially when young people are operating them.