According to Eric Nielsen with the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District, 32-year-old Kara Coates of Springfield was driving down a hill when the ATV’s throttle became stuck as she applied the vehicle’s front brakes. The ATV skidded and overturned ejecting the mother and her two children.
Nielsen says a helicopter wasn’t originally called out when first responders arrived, and then about 15 minutes later Coates and her 6-year-old son were flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Her two-year-old son was taken by a private vehicle also to Mercy. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol’s accident report, no one was wearing a helmet in the incident.