Teen Dies in Four Wheeler Accident in Putnam County, Florida

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A young man from Ocala, Florida, tragically died after the four-wheeler he was driving crashed into a closed steel gate in Putnam County. According to the report by the Florida Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Douglas William Burguess was driving a 2003 Honda four-wheeler east on County Landfill Road; the crash occurred around 10:10 p.m. The impact ejected Burguess from the four-wheeler, he suffered personal injuries to his stomach and chest. Burguess was transported to Putnam Community Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. For more read 18-year-old Ocala man dies in four-wheeler crash.
The death of this teen is a tragedy for his family and community. Four-wheelers and All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be exciting and entertaining, but they are also very dangerous and potentially deadly. Always wear a helmet before you or a child ride an ATV. It can be very dangerous for a child to operate an ATV, especially at high speeds over rough terrain. Children and teenagers tend have poor safety awareness making their likelihood for sustaining personal injuries is greater. Safety should always be the focus for children and adults alike when operating or riding an ATV.

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