The father of one of three boys injured in an ATV crash is being charged in the accident.
Eric S. Long, 47, of Assumption, Illinois, owned the all-terrain vehicle that crashed in January in rural Christian County. One of the boys was rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery to release pressure on his brain, according to the State Journal-Register. The other two boys were treated and released at regional hospitals.
Long has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. He could serve up to a year in the county jail.
According to the State Journal-Register, the ATV was traveling at a high rate of speed Jan. 20 as it left a rural road and crashed in a ditch, flipping over several times and coming to a rest upside down. None of the boys were wearing helmets, and the ATV should not have been on the roadway or operated by middle-schoolers, according to the county sheriff.
A 13-year-old was also cited for improper operation of an ATV on a roadway, according to the Herald & Review.