HOSFORD – A five-year-old boy is in the intensive care unit of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after the four-wheeler he was riding hit a tree Monday afternoon.
Injured was Virgil Fletcher, who is the son of Liberty County Deputy Cory Fletcher and his wife, Abbi.
According to FHP Trooper Mike S. Cross Sr., Virgil and his 12-year-old brother, Wyatt, were both riding four-wheelers along NE Shadow Lane near their home in Hosford Monday afternoon.
Virgil was traveling north in the southbound lane of the dirt road around 3:55 p.m. The trooper said the boy’s 2001 Kawasaki 400 traveled onto the west shoulder of the road and ran into an oak tree. The impact threw him off the vehicle.
The boy’s older brother was driving ahead of him. The trooper said he heard the crash and when he starting to come back to see about his brother, he overturned his ATV but was not hurt.
The older boy picked up his injured brother and took him back to their home which was less than 50 yards away.
The child was taken by emergency helicopter to Tallahassee and is said to be in critical but stable condition, according to the trooper.
A friend of the family reported that Virgil underwent emergency surgery Monday night after a blood clot was found during a brain scan.
“He’s got some facial fractures and some bleeding on the brain,” Cross said. The boy’s parents said he had been talking some and was moving his extremities, according to the trooper, who added, “that’s a good sign.”
The trooper pointed out that the law requires that anyone under the age of 16 riding an ATV must wear a helmet, be under adult supervision and remain on private property.