A seven-year-old boy has died from head injuries in hospital after a quad bike accident.
Connor Irvin was riding the quad bike he received for Christmas with a nine-year-old pillion passenger on a Barellan property, 60km east of Griffith, in the NSW Riverina region, reports 9 news.
It is believed the pair tried to turn when they fell off the bike, which then fell onto the younger boy.
The boy was taken to Griffith hospital and later airlifted to Canberra Hospital, but has died overnight, police said on Monday.
It’s understood the boy was wearing a cycling helmet when he crashed but the incident is still under investigation, a NSW Police spokeswoman said.
UPDATE 17 January
Family of victim, Connor Irvin, trolled online
In one tense exchange a family member slammed “keyboard warriors” for their hurtful comments.
Connor’s , aunt Kelly told The Daily Telegraph the tragedy meant the family had to sit down and tell Connor’s twin brother — and “best friend” — he hadn’t made it.
Another family member, Chantelle Zingel, told news.com.au they needed space to come to terms with the loss of Connor.
However Ms Zingel was forced to defend her family in the face of angry and judgmental comments directed at them by people posting comments online.
“Very sad but why do parents let kids this age ride these. The adult would have to be the owner. Why weren’t they stopped from riding it!,” one person wrote on Facebook.
Another added: “7 & 9 … on quad bikes…….stupid..!!!..Well said……..same here … Men need to wake up & grow up.”
Others spoke of the regret the family would now have.
“It is very sad, I imagine the parents would be suffering terrible 20/20 hindsight. Their grief and the pain must be devastating.”
Ms Zingel replied: “You wanna know why? Because it was a kids quad bike. It was their Xmas present. They had helmets on. Accidents happen. Want to have an opinion? Fine. Maybe have some compassion and consideration before you jump to conclusions and express said opinion. You think the family doesn’t read this stuff? Well guess what. We do.”
She continued: “You need to wake up and grow up lady. Our family has lost a little boy and you’re calling the parents stupid. Like I said, the quad is designed for children. Dangerous or not, we no longer have this little man in our lives and you get keyboard warriors like you pushing blame. How dare you, you sick individual.”
A family statement to the Daily Telegraph read: “Connor comes from a very loving family … he was a very special, soft boy who loved his twin brother Bailey and his sister Shenaye … he loved his dad’s farm.”
RIP. Our thoughts are with the families.
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