Tricycle ride down dirt trail ends in head trauma

WASHINGTON CITY — A Washington man tried to ride a tricycle down a dirt trail and crashed, necessitating a helicopter flight to the hospital.

The trailhead scene at the Cottonwood Wash where a man was Life Flighted out with head injuries, Washington, Utah, Dec. 23, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
The trailhead scene at the Cottonwood Wash where a man was Life Flighted out with head injuries, Washington, Utah, Dec. 23, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“We have a 21-year-old male,” Washington City Fire Chief Brent Hafen said. The man, his brother, and a friend took a children’s tricycle and made alterations to it by putting larger tires on it among other things.

Around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the three took the tricycle down the Cottonwood Wash Trail in Washington, with the 21-year-old riding it. The trail became a long downhill, Hafen said. When the tricycle got going too fast it crashed and the rider went head-first into the rocks.

Responders were able to take the rider by ambulance to a location Life Flight could land and was then transported by the helicopter to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

He had head injuries, Hafen said, and tests were expected to determine if he should be taken to Las Vegas for further treatment. Hafen added that the man’s vitals were good, but the head trauma was severe.

Washington City Trails Map
Washington City Trails Map | Map courtesy of Washington City, St. George News | Click on map to enlarge

No indication of drugs or alcohol was noted by Hafen.

Units from Gold Cross Ambulance, Washington City Police and Fire departments as well as Life Flight responded to the scene.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • sagemoon December 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Ouch! Are you sure the head injuries weren’t there BEFORE the tricycle crashed?

    • j December 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      That is very unkind. This man was one of the most loving & accepting people I’ve ever known. Please consider the family & friends of the victim before posting unkind words such as these. Merry Christmas.

      • ladybugavenger December 25, 2015 at 6:53 pm

        Sagemoon is one of the kindest commenter I know. She has a big heart and great discernment. The question needed to be asked because who would think this is a good idea?? Obviously creative but not well thought out. It’s sad he lost his life so young, my heart goes out to his family. It’s not sage-moon’s fault so please be kind to others.

        • .... December 25, 2015 at 11:31 pm

          Yeah. What Ladybug said ! It’s not sage’s fault he put on his stupid hat and acted like an idiot he died by his own stupidity. so deal with it. come back and tell me off if you want. but just to let you know I don’t care what think about what I just posted …’s like they say..You can’t fix STUPID !

      • sagemoon December 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm

        I tried to make a joke not knowing how serious his injury was. I am so sorry for your loss. The latest article said he had a lot going for him. How is it that one person survives an accident like this and another dies? RIP, young man. Blessings to your family and friends.

    • .... December 24, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      LOL sage. good one..advance to go and collect $200.

  • .... December 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    stupid is as stupid does

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