Benwood ATV Accident Raises Questions on What's Allowed on City Streets
An ATV accident over the weekend is raising questions about what's allowed on the streets.
25-year-old Rodney Wayt Jr. decided to take his 3-year-old son on a ride on their ATV Sunday afternoon, and police said he ended up injuring both himself and his son. Both Wayt Jr. and his son were immediately sent to the hospital, and Wayt Jr. has been charged with child neglect.
According to Benwood Police Chief Frank Longwell, ATVs are not allowed on city streets in West Virginia, and not only was the ATV on the road illegally, but neither the father or his 3-year-old son were wearing a helmet, and both suffered head trauma. Longwell said he's disappointed in the man's irresponsible actions, first for driving the ATV on the road, second for not wearing a helmet, and third for driving so recklessly with a toddler. "These things are made for off road, used at a sensible speed and sensible hill climbing. These things aren't made for the roadways. It's just common sense, in this case, the individual was very foolish to put a three year-old on this thing, and race up and down the road, which is not allowed on any road. Very foolish of this individual," Longwell said.
Both the father and son are listed as in stable condition.