TRILBY — A 14-year-old Dade City girl died from her injuries after she fell Sunday from an all-terrain vehicle carrying four girls ages 12 to 14, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The incident occurred about 4 p.m on Old Trilby Road north of Trilby Road.
It happened as a 15-year-old girl from Tampa was driving the ATV north on Old Trilby Road, a paved route, just north of Trilby Road. One of her three passengers fell onto the roadway and was seriously injured, the Highway Patrol said. She died later at a hospital.
The driver and the other two passengers — both 12, one from Tampa and one from Dade City — were not injured. None of the girls were wearing helmets and it appears the vehicle was not equipped with seatbelts, according to a Highway Patrol report.
Florida law requires that anyone under 16 wear a helmet including eye protection while operating an all-terrain vehicle.
The death came one year to the day after another fatal Fourth of July ATV incident involving children in Pasco County.
A 7-year-old boy died and five others were injured then, including children 2 and 4, when an all-terrain vehicle the boy was operating overturned in a grass field near Dade City, the Highway Patrol reported at the time.
Florida is one of five states where injuries from off-highway vehicles — a category including all-terrain vehicles — had increased since stay-at-home orders were issued to stop the spread of coronavirus, according to a news release last year from the Consumer Federation of America.
More people die in off-highway vehicles on July 4 than at any day of the year, according to federation data. From 2013 through 2019, 52 deaths were recorded on the holiday, 11 of them people 16 or under, the federation said.
The Highway Patrol did not release the names of the girls rider because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information long available under Florida’s public records law.