Comments for: 6-year-old girl hurt in Orono snowmobile crash

Posted Jan. 30, 2012, at 10:39 a.m.

ORONO | Authorities say a 6-year-old girl lost consciousness and required hospitalization after crashing a snowmobile. Game wardens say the girl was a passenger on a snowmobile being driven by her 16-year-old cousin in Orono on Sunday when the vehicle hit a snowbank and threw the older youth off. …

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  • Guest

    Just proof that snowmobiles are Dangerous to your health and should be taxed $2 per pack oh, oh,  I mean 2 thousand per sled… I do hope every evryone is well…

  • Anonymous

    Bad choice.  A small child anywhere near the controls of any machine is dangerous in and of itself.  Kids are naturally curious and they will do anything unexpected anytime.  I made the very same mistake with my daughter a long time ago, but managed to get her hand off the throttle before an accident occurred. 

    Readers take note, While it may seem safe to have a small child sitting in front of you on any machine it may not be since they are always watching and learning from your every move.  One must always be alert to what the child is doing as well as handling the machine.  That is beyond the capabilities of many adults, not just teenagers.  It is just too easy to be distracted if only for a moment.  Slow is the keyword.

    • Anonymous

      Only bad choice here is a 6yr girl riding with unexperienced 16 year old, I and many others have riden since we were young. My children are 6 and 8 my kids can also tell you what every control is on my machines. I prefer my children riding in front because i have control of their body weight, leaning, bouncing etc, riding on the back you have no control of them they can slide off seat. Yes they do observe what your doing my  little girl would always push her hand on my throttle thumb, i stopped the sled or wheeler took her helmet off and explained what she did wrong, next time we got on machine i made her explain every control and what they do she was 4 at the time her and my boy understand they will never sit on a machine if they don’t understand the function, they don’t ride its plain and simple I don’t have to worry about my kids its learning respect and the consequences from your actions maybe others should try methods that work, No means NO with my kids with others it seems to be question mark??

      • Anonymous

        I’d say we agree completely.

  • Anonymous

    Laws may not have been broken but allowing a minor to ride a 6 year old on a snowmobile…eh but you got those that do it in a car too, either way wrong mix, shouldn’t have happened

    • Anonymous

      You never sat on daddys lap and riden down an old dirt road? Or sat on the seat of a snowsled or wheeler, my kids don’t ride anything with a teenager, they ride with me or a respectful adult, not a 16 yr old, she was wearing a helmet and it saved her life, helmet was split in half. For this family its a learning lesson, I don’t let my kids just ride with anyone, you can be doing 5 miles an hour safe?? One would think so, if a 600 pound sled rolls on top of 60 pound child not good odds, this teenager should not have been driving this kid moral of this story

      • Anonymous

        My dad wasn’t 16 and I wasn’t 6 when those “riding the old dirt roads” took place.

        • Anonymous

          Understandable, wrong reply to wrong post my bad, I agree with you 100 percent.

          • Anonymous

            No problem, I agree with your statements here too 100%.  It reminds me of many of times I rode on the back of a snowmobile with an adult, slow trip, it was fun.  I won’t deny any trips of this nature, it just always took place at the back, slower pace.  

          • Anonymous

            It does, my children and myself rode on the front, I can’t trust that a 6 year old is going to hold on, seats get frosty, sleds don’t ride like cars, my kids put their hands around the gas cap gives them something firm to get a grasp on. And I have direct control of them with my legs and arms keeping them on the seat, All parents have decisions to make on what they will allow their kids to do and we have to live with that decision. Glad we had the childhood we both had, my kids are going to get the same as well, But they also know every control and function of my machines and i quiz them every time we get on them, not just throwing them on it and say have fun, these machines are much faster then back in the 70’s and 80’s. Luckily this girl got the attention she needed and will be ok, and hope that one day she still has the want to ride again

      • Anonymous

        Yes and while they are in front of you, they don’t ride with their hands on the throttles either…RIGHT!!! I believe this is what really happened when the 16 yr. old was thrown and than with the 6 year old’s hand still on the throttle the other bank was hit and she tumbled…could of been a more tradgic event if one of them would of hit a tree when sailing through the air….thank goodness it didn’t occur….

        • Anonymous

          Yeah your right, they don’t their hands are on  the gas cap and they know if something happens to hit the kill switch or keep their hands off the  handlebars, its called training 101!!! Lets throw some kids on a machine and see what happens right its a great time, not in my yard, seems as if it was your yard, and you got a wake up call!! Glad she is doing well i’m aware of her injuries hopefully everyone will learn from it.

  • It sounds like the 6-year-old was improperly sitting in front of the operator.

    She probably would have been safer on the second seat where a passenger should be.  She also wouldn’t have been anywhere near the controls.

    • Anonymous

      How about not on the snowmobile at all?

  • Guest

    The training course for snowmobiles, PWC, and ATVs is what?

    • Anonymous

      you just said….its a training course.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, let’s not get over excited now and start trying to legislate these things out of our lives, sometimes this stuff just happens.

    • Anonymous

      That’s the mantra of those who insist on continuing their foolish ways.

    • They sure are. Responsible parents could have  prevented this. 

      • Anonymous

        Sure, but at the same time parents have their moments too. Hind sight is always 2020, but kids will be kids

        • Yes it is. That is why RESPONSIBLE parents err on the side of caution.  

        • Anonymous

          Your absoutely right….some parents will jump in the lake in order to get out of the rain…..or even if they do have common sense…a lot just don’t care…too caught up in their own life eventures….

    • Anonymous

      Wait a minute…let’s go back to the facts….they said the 16 year old was driving the Snow Sled…than got thrown when they hit the bank and than the 6 year old had her hand on the throttle and drove forward and tumbled…let’s tell the truth…the 6 year old was in front of the 16 year old driving the snow sled…hit the bank, threw the 16 over the sled…than with the 6 year old’s hand still on the throttle it went forward and struck another snow bank….the wardens say that the 16 year old was driving….that’s what she told them….guess who was really driving the sled and the 16 year old doesn’t want the blame for misjudgment…..the six year old knows what happened….now comes the rest of the story….

      • Everyone has this all wrong.  The 16 year old did not hit a snowbank…it was a “bump”.  The six-year old was sitting in front of him and yes had her hands on the steering mechanism.  When the 16 year old was thrown off the snowmobile, she panicked and grabbed the throttle.  That’s what happened.  It was an “accident”.  I know both parties well as I’m an aunt to both of them.  Fortunately, her injuries were’nt life threathening.  As for the 16 year old, he is a very cautious and caring cousin.  Shame on all of you who have nothing better to do to make someone who feels bad enough about the whole thing to feel even worse.  I hope none of you have this happen in your families.  You would appreciate the public for keeping their comments to themselves.

        I am an aunt to both involved in the accident. I believe everyone involved feels terrible that this happened. I just think people should use caution as what they say regarding the incident. I still think if anyone wants to comment, then make it positive.

        • Anonymous

          I’m glad that nothing worse happened, knowone is accusing of anything, judgement is not an accusation, everyone gets to chose in this case appears it was on your watch and it was your boy cousin and your the aunt? doesnt really matter, its a simple accident, and could have been prevented…..if a child does not know how to start a machine, stop a machine, and know everything about the machine they dont belong on it period, my kids know gas means go,  brake means stop you can say panic you can say anything, but when you know about what your driving and how it works and what it can do to you or someone else..thats where respect comes in!! Didn’t mention much in article about your child i’m glad he is ok, its not his fault hopefully he can overcome this and learn from it!! God Bless

  • Anonymous

    Anyone that says a child on a snowmobile is wrong, really?? Only mistake I see here is letting child ride with teenager. With my kids i have them in front of me so i can control their balance and they know NOT to put their hands on controls, I let them drive my thumb is behind throttle so nothing can happen, i’m not big on a child 6-9 years old riding in back of me where i can’t control them from sliding off seat, bouncing off, etc. There is way more to just riding on a sled to a wheeler, my kids have to know every control what it does before they can sit on it. Biggest mistake is this case, child riding with a unexperienced adolescent!!

  • Anonymous

    this is just plain STUPID!!a 16yo   driving a 6yo?? stupid…

    • Anonymous

      it just goes to prove again, that teens are not meant to drive anything.  their judgment isnt where it should be.  I know someone will be against this comment, but I can say this safely, considering I have raised one teen and am raising another. 

      • Anonymous

        well problem is they don’t learn  their lesson till they broke something or they die, I think if there is a understanding and knowledge of choices and consequences thats one thing, I have a big yard my boy has been riding his minny wheeler since 3 when he first sat on it first step was never sit on this running or not unless your wearing a helmet, second he had to know not how to start it more important how to shut it off, what the gas does what the brake does, he now rides my wheeler in low range, its my choice but we have an agreement that if i have to tell him one time he’s going to fast or he is messing around he will never ride again, and that means alot to him, but he understands its not a toy its a priviledge!! and that it can hurt him or even kill him. If your not comfortable with your teen riding then you have a reason for it and good for you for not letting them ride!!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe its time Charlie Summers look into this too!

  • Anonymous

    Deleted post! Seriously? Why, because I said prayer?

    • Anonymous

      It was far from a prayer, thats what you said at the end of the post after you completely went off in anger about people here that are only talking about safety and the fact that a child was injured you have the right to say what you want as well however, if i were the father of the child as you are I would not have crapped on all the posters on here. The words selfish and unprofessional come to mind, i’m sure people question your decisions as a father your post coming on here blasting and swearing didn’t help that cause

      • Anonymous

        I never swore.  I did go off.  I only blasted the posters because I was so appalled by the level of ignorance demonstrated in the posts.  Today is my wife’s birthday.  For the occasion, I took her to a b&b overnight.  Something that we do not typically get to do.  In Freeport Sunday afternoon, I got the call that she was hurt and waiting for ambulance.  If the decision to spend a night away from my children makes me a poor father, then I guess you’re right.  But one thing is for sure, I usually get my facts right before I start flappin’ my jaw about a topic.  Though I am less angry today, my point still stands, these people that posted all the negative statements, are not good people.  And as far as “hiding”, I put my phone number in that post for the world to see, BDN edited then deleted, not me.

        • Anonymous

          The article never said anything about the father being in Freeport for his wifes birthday, it stated a CHILD was on a snowmobile with a 16 year old and got hurt, kinda have to put yourself in someone elses shoes here, first and foremost if it was my child i would not be on here making things straight, i know your angry it was not your fault, your anger does nothing here, people will say what they want, most people have been very good about it, its about a 6 yr old child on a sled with a teenager. You have your own issues you have to deal with, and i’m sorry for that, glad your girl is going to make it!! I thought about this article yesterday when driving in my truck and how fast things can change in our lives, I hope that it will make your family strong and pull from it in the future

  • Lord Whiteman

    It seems like you can legally do just about  anything to endanger a child as long as it is on an off road vehicle.

  • Casey Michaud

    The 16 year old probably had more experience then a lot of you. A lot of kids now a days start riding at a very young age.

    • Anonymous

      A sixteen year old probably would find a way to shut the machine off and manage to keep himself or herself on the machine not allowing a 6 year old at the controls its the difference between a adult and a child, when i grew up you hit the kill switch makes you wonder just how fast they were going doesn’t it??!!!

  • Anonymous

    Kids have rode sleds with other kids forever.  This sounds like just “one of those things” but I suspect the sled was a little too fast for minors.  In the old days there were a lot of slow sleds available for kids to ride on and not get into too much trouble.  I’m glad they were wearing helmets.  I don’t know how anybody could ride a sled without a helmet anyway; it’s too cold on the head.

    • Anonymous

      Its politics there is one day for fireworks theres no money in it, probably 50 percent of households have one sled or one wheeler in the yard and it costs about 40 dollars to register those, accounts for big revenue for the state. There are training courses available thats the states out on that one, there has to be more accountability on the Parent or supervisor in these cases, it wasn’t the childs decision it was the supervisors decision. A parent can take a truck across 8 inches of ice with their kids, stupid???  absolutely, theres nothing perfect in this world and its going to get worse

  • Anonymous

    Yet another snowmobile accident. I just don’t  get it.  With all the fatalities and injuries again this winter, sledding is still hailed as a wholesome recreational sport.  Yet, cities and towns are banning the sale of fireworks even though it has been legalized in Maine.  It is my belief that either of these recreation and celebratory activities can be quite safe with the use of good sense.  But, I can definitely see a double standard on some of these things.

  • Anonymous

    my posts do say with choices come consequences my boy is 8 years old and you can laugh all you want but he rides my 4 wheeler in low range and he rides my daughter who is 6 its in low range, i’m in the yard every second that wheeler is running he screws up he is off, too fast, horsing around…he knows and i trust him cause he knows how the machine works, i question the scenario in this article and i too am thankful that someone looked after these children and pray for speedy recovery

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