13-year-old arrested for crashing ATV that killed teen

HOUMA, LA (WAFB) - A 13-year-old boy was arrested for negligent homicide after he allegedly crashed an ATV that killed his 14-year-old passenger and injured two others.

The incident happened on Sunday, Nov. 3 at roughly 4:30 p.m. According to the Houma Police Department, the teen was driving the ATV on Buena Vista Blvd. when he attempted to make a left turn. However, they believe he was going too fast, which caused the vehicle to flip.

"Upon the ATV flipping, 3 of 5 occupants were ejected," officials said in a press release. "One is hospitalized with moderate head injuries while the other received minor injuries."

The third passenger, John Kole Farmer, 14, was only partial ejected. The vehicle landed on top of him and caused fatal injuries.

Residents in the area told investigators that they witnessed the ATV driving at an "extremely high rate of speed." The 13-year-old driver did not have a license and the ATV was not street legal.

"None of the occupants were wearing seat belts or helmets," officials said. "Houma Police will continue to increase patrols regarding subjects riding off road vehicles (go-carts, golf carts, etc.) along various city streets within the City of Houma. "

The teen was arrested and charged with Negligent Homicide, Negligent Injury, Reckless Operation, No Drivers License, and Operating an Unsafe Vehicle. He was booked into the parish juvenile detention Center.

In addition, the owner of the ATV, Robin Reynolds, 45, was issued a misdemeanor summons for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile and Allowing a Minor to Drive.

Investigators also issued citations to the driver of a second ATV. Officials say the vehicle was driving next to the one that crashed, but is not believed to be responsible for the incident. However, the 13-year-old driver was cited for Operating an Unsafe Vehicle and No Driver's License.

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