ORV accident claims life of juvenile in LaPorte County

ROLLING PRAIRIE – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred last night.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., officers responded to the 9400 block of N 500 E in LaPorte County for a serious ORV accident with bodily injury.

Upon arrival, investigating officers learned a 13-year-old juvenile operator lost control of a side-by-side ORV while attempting to turn at a high rate of speed. This caused the ORV to roll over, ejecting the occupants.

Three juveniles were treated at the scene for minor injuries, a 15-year-old passenger was airlifted to a Chicago trauma center with serious injuries, and a 14-year-old passenger was later pronounced deceased at Northwest Health – LaPorte.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.