A Roswell child was killed in a rollover ATV crash on Friday.
Around 7 p.m., officers from the New Mexico State Police responded to the scene of a single ATV crash on Oasis Road within Chaves County. The crash involved a Honda Recon ATV, driven by Raelynn Holloway, 8, of Roswell.
Initial investigation by the State Police determined that Raelynn Holloway was operating the ATV with her 4- year-old sister Ravae Holloway seated behind her and their 7-year-old friend Alessandra Castillo seated at the rear of the ATV.
They were travelling on a private property dirt road when Raelynn Holloway lost control of the ATV and it rolled over. All three occupants were able to walk back to their residence where Ravae Holloway collapsed and was rushed to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.
Alessandra Castillo suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from ENMMC. Raelynn Holloway was uninjured.
Requirements for OHV (off highway vehicles) were passed by the legislature and signed by former Gov. Bill Richardson in 2005. They became law in January 2006.
The regulations state that all riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet and protective eyewear. They must also have adult supervision, unless they have taken an approved safety course, received their OHV safety permit, and in certain cases have a valid license.
No rider under 18 may carry a passenger, even on an OHV specifically designed for two persons. Riders under the age of 10 must have parental supervision and ride OHVs that are age and size appropriate.
The NMSP stated that lack of parental supervision and safety equipment are contributing factors in this crash.