11-Year-Old Killed in Motorcycle Crash Shouldn't Have Been Riding in the First Place

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motorcycleAn 11-year-old girl was killed last Sunday in a motorcycle crash that also took the life of her 44-year-old father. Neither Carl Sheard nor his daughter was wearing helmets when an 18-year-old driver struck his motorcycle, ending both of their lives.

Sheard was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering "massive trauma to the head and lower extremities." His little girl was taken to the hospital, but her name has not been released as of yet.

The accident was described as a head-on crash, and an investigation into the cause is underway.

And every single time I hear about a kid riding on the back of a motorcycle, I can't help but wonder why on earth any parent would put their child in a state of danger like that.

Yes, I realize she did not have a helmet on, so there's a chance the accident would've had a different outcome if she'd been wearing one. But helmet or no helmet -- kids have no business being on motorcycles. Period.

Good grief. I freak out if my 7-year-old so much as attempts to hop on his bicycle without a helmet on. And even then, I get nervous when he rides downhill, and I never let him get out of my line of sight. I'm even hesitant to get him one of those scooters that are so popular with kids these days out of fear that he'll fall off and injure himself. For the life of me, I can't even imagine so much as thinking about letting him sit on a motorcycle, let alone ride one.

I know some parents are passionate about motorcycle riding and all, but is it really worth putting your child's life in jeopardy for the sake of cruising around in the fresh air? The answer is NO. Kids and motorcycles shouldn't even be used in the same sentence. And parents who think otherwise need to take a step back and imagine what happened to this little girl before choosing to allow them to ride one.

Would you ever let your child ride a motorcycle?

 

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alika... alikay1986

Oh, shut up you self righteous hag.

Vegeta Vegeta

If you hate them so much and you keep your kid in a bubble, then don't buy or ride motorcycles. This stuff rarely happens, and everyone needs to be responsible while on the road. And for gods sakes, get your kid the scooter. He's not going to die of a skinned knee. Raising wimpy baby's, let him live a little. Bet you hate pitbulls and trampolines too huh.

nonmember avatar Kat

I've been riding motorcycles for as long as I can remember, and my parents were not horrible people who were putting me in danger.

Kristen Sanderlin

Why not just wrap your kid in bubble wrap while you are at it.  As a child, yes - a child, I was taught the rules of riding and rode with my dad on his motorcycle any time it was offered. It is all about being careful, and aware and wearing the proper safety equipment. Just like in a car where a seatbelt/car seat is proper safety protocol.

Shlamoof Shlamoof

I think you are way over-paranoid when it comes to riding bicycles and scooters.  It kinda made me laugh.  But I agree about the motorcycle, this was COMPLETELY preventable.  It's the law in my state to have a helmet and for good reason :(

nonmember avatar Madeline

You put your child's life in jeopardy by walking outside, putting them in a car, cooking in the home with them and handing them a piece of candy. This story should more concentrate on the fact that she wasn't wearing a helmet. All this sounds like is the fact that you have a thing against motorcycles. Are you capable of writing anything that doesn't sound painfully self-righteous and judgmental. A baby almost got carried off by an eagle months ago, does that mean that parents should not allow their children outside?

fave82 fave82

Ohhmahgawd neurotic much?

bills... billsfan1104

And this is why our county is full of a bunch of wusses.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

Putting your kid in a vehicle on a regular basis from infancy is FAR more dangerous than an occasional motorcycle ride on a clear day.

Carme... Carmen8706

It doesn't f*cking matter if you think the author is neurotic or not. The point is that an 11 year-old had no business being on a motorcycle WITHOUT a helmet. It was f*cking stupid on the father's part, and I have no sympathy for someone whose child is maimed or killed because of their stupidity.

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