9-year-old boy killed after UTV flips, pins him to the ground

A 10-year-old passenger was injured.

Despite the lifesaving efforts of first responders and an air evacuation to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, a 9-year-old boy has died following an off-road accident in central Minnesota. 

The boy, who's been identified as Jon Thomas Dingwall, Jr., passed away Thursday. 

Earlier the same day he was riding in a hayfield with a passenger – a 10-year-old girl – near Millerville Township. The two were in a Polaris side-by-side UTV. 

Something went wrong and the off-road vehicle rolled, pinning the boy to the ground, a news release from the Douglas County sheriff says

The passenger – whose relation to Dingwall isn't clear yet – was also pinned, but able to get free of the machine and bring help. A Douglas County deputy soon arrived, freed the boy, and began CPR along with other first responders.

Authorities declined to specify anything about the surrounding circumstances, so it's unknown if the kids had any adult supervision at the time.

The 10-year-old girl was airlifted to a hospital in St. Cloud, and is listed in fair condition.

Neither were wearing helmets, the sheriff's office said in an update.

The accident is still under investigation. 

ATV laws and crashes in Minnesota

Under Minnesota law, any ATV rider under 18 must wear a Department of Transportation-certified helmet, whether they're driving the vehicle or just a passenger.

Kids under the age of 10 can only ride ATVs on private property, and a parent or guardian must be present at "hands-on ATV safety training."

As of Aug. 8 there had been 10 fatal ATV crashes this year in Minnesota, DNR statistics show.

In 2016, there were 16 ATV fatalities and two off-highway motorcycle fatalities, the DNR's website shows. At least four of these incidents involved alcohol.

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