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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-05-2003, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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This is the home of the Capital City Crawlers of Missouri, our main trail area and campgrounds. This accident is really at risk of closing the park down. My heart goes out to this young boy's friends and family. Luckily this accident is a rarity and hopefully the park doesn't suffer, we all know the risks, that's why when we enter the park we sign a waiver.

A Jefferson City teenager was killed Saturday afternoon in an ATV accident in Callaway County.

Chad Sommerer, 17, died at the Potawatami Campground, County Road 106, after vaulting a 2003 Honda all-terrain vehicle at a high rate of speed, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. Sommerer was thrown over the handlebars when he landed, overturning the vehicle several times and ejecting him, the patrol said.

The accident occurred at 12:40 p.m.; Sommerer was pronounced dead at 1:23 p.m. by the county medical examiner.

Sommerer wore a helmet, the patrol said.

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When we went there for the Fall Crawl, no one made any of us sign a waiver. All they did was take our money. That place is just waiting for a lawsuite. There were several people drinking and later driving. Several people on atvs not even wearing helmets. I hate to see another OHV park get closed, but who ever runs that place needs to take a good look at the way they operate.

A good example of proper OHV park managment is Troy Meyer's Badlands off road park.
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Well basically when you sign in at the gate, that is what you are signing as far as I know. This kid was wearing a helmet and still got killed. I think our club is going to help Earl (who runs it) develop a set of rules, and it's either follow them or get out.
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When we arrived there was no sign in. They guy just asked what my name was. There were 4-5 people that paid and went in about the same time we did, and no one signed anything.
As far as insurance for the park, I doubt they will find an insurance company that will issue a policy, if they know beer is being consumed within the park.
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Hmm yeah that's an interesting point. I know some time ago when I rode ATV's there people signed a waiver. May have to devise something like that again. This is VERY rare that anyone gets hurt out there but we should always be prepared for the worst. We (Capital City Crawlers) would hate to lose our home!
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I think the problem here can be easily traced:

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vaulting a 2003 Honda all-terrain vehicle at a high rate of speed

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The idea that dangerous things can be made safe is a very dangerous idea.

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