(06/15/2006)
A 10-year-old Maryland boy is the latest to die in an ATV wreck in West Virginia, according to Mark Holmes, coordinator of the state's ATV Safety Awareness Program.

The Baltimore boy died after he was operating an ATV without a helmet in late May while he was visiting his grandparents in Pendleton County.

A helicopter was called in to transport the child to a Virginia hospital after the boy suffered severe head trauma.

There is no formal system in West Virginia for recording ATV deaths and injuries, so it sometimes takes a few weeks or months for fatality reports to become public.

Depending on which account is given, this could be the 26th or 27th death this year, a record number.


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