5-year-old, 17-year-old break bones when ATV collides with vehicle


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A young boy and a teenager are in the hospital tonight, recovering from an ATV accident on Indianapolis’ west side.

An Indiana Department of Natural Resources press release states 5-year-old Brayson Matney was riding on the handlebars while his cousin, 17-year-old Justin Bishop drove.

Bishop, police say, blew through the stop sign at Lyons Avenue and Bradbury Avenue and into oncoming traffic.

Neither was wearing a helmet when they were ejected after a man driving an SUV was unable to avoid them.

Neighbors say the boys are lucky to be alive.

“This is exactly what I was afraid of,” said neighbor Lucynda Russell.

Russell says she and others in the area have been terrified they’ll hit kids riding their ATVs around the neighborhood.

“Any time you come down any of the main streets, you have to stop and wait to see if there are any kids coming out of the alley or if they’re going to turn onto this side street out here,” said Russell. “I’ve come close to nailing them and I know a lot of other neighbors have too.”

IMPD’s Sergeant Matt Morgan wants people to remember that per Indiana law, ATVs aren’t allowed on roads.

“They don’t need to be on the streets,” said Morgan. “They don’t need to be in the alleys. Fields and trails and everything else are where these are for and of course helmets are always preferred.”

For Michael Shaffner, who also lives down the street, the accident is a powerful reminder why he won’t let his kids ride ATVs and scooters around the neighborhood.

“I’m going to set my kids down and talk to them,” said Shaffner. “And then once they see it on the news, maybe they’ll say, ‘Quit buggin Dad. Dad’s right.’”

The driver in this case has been cleared by police.

Sergeant Morgan says they’re still looking into whether the parents of the boys will face any charges.

The crash continues to be investigated.

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