HOUMA, La. -- A 14-year-old boy was killed and the 13-year-old driver of an ATV was cited after the vehicle flipped Sunday, according to the Houma Police Department.
Around 4:30 p.m., police were called to Buena Vista Boulevard to the scene of the crash, said Chief Todd Duplantis. A 13-year-old had been driving a Polaris Ranger with four passengers.
Police said the vehicle was speeding on Buena Vista and flipped when driver turned on to Sherman Street, throwing three of occupants from the Polaris.
John Kole Farmer, 14, of Houma, who was the front seat passenger, died after being partially ejected from the ATV, Duplantis said. Another passenger was in the hospital with moderate injuries.
"Several witnesses reported the ATV driving in the neighborhood at high speeds. The juvenile driver did not have a driver's license and the ATV was not street legal. None of the occupants were wearing seat belts or helmets. There was another ATV (4-wheeler) riding next to this one," Duplantis said.
According to police, the 11-year-old driver of the other ATV was cited for operating an unsafe vehicle and not having a driver's license. Another 13-year-old was cited for driving the ATV just prior to the crash and for operating an unsafe vehicle and no driver's license.
The owner on the Polaris, Robin Reynolds, 45, of Houma, was issued a summons for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and allowing a minor to drive. Police said the 13-year-old driver of the Polaris was arrested and charged with negligent homicide, negligent injury, reckless operation and operating an unsafe vehicle. He was transported to juvenile detention.