December 21, 2014

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Injured ATV rider listed in fair condition

SHEFFIELD TWP. — An all-terrain vehicle rider was injured when he struck a tree stump around 6:25 p.m. Monday.

Teddy Barker, 27 or 28, was injured outside his family’s home in the 5300 block of Fleming Avenue by the intersection of Vincent Avenue across from the Vincent Elementary School at 2303 North Ridge Road. Barker told his family that the ATV flipped over on top of him after colliding with the stump. Jim Phillips, Barker’s stepfather, said Barker was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He is listed in fair condition this morning.

Megan Stephens, Barker’s sister-in-law and Robin Christopher, Barker’s stepsister, said they ran to him after hearing a loud thump from the crash. Stephens said Barker complained of injuring his right leg and shoulder.

“He said it happened so fast he (didn’t) really know what happened,” Stephens said. “A boy walked over to us and said, ‘Hey, I just found your brother and I got the four-wheeler off of him, but he wrecked it.’ ”

The accident occurred just outside the fence of Phillips backyard on a strip of grass between the fence and Vincent Avenue. ATVs are illegal to ride on public property in Ohio except on land posted as permitting them or on private property unless permitted by the property owner.

Between 1982 and 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available, there were 10,281 deaths in ATV accidents nationally including 320 in Ohio, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ohio had the 13th highest death rate in the nation.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.