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Kristen Almer lost her nephew to an ATV accident and is now speaking out about the dangers they present if not used properly.

Kristen Almer is the aunt of Logan Almer, a boy who died tragically at only 11 years old due to an ATV accident. The horrific incident occurred in 2013 and devastated the family.

Now Kristen is speaking up about what happened in an effort to inform parents about the potential dangers regarding power sports, according to Today.

On May 24, of 2013, Logan of Minong, Wisconsin slipped away to use his father’s ATV. His parents and older brother were not around at the time and he was unsupervised. The child, who did not know how to properly use the ATV, took off on the vehicle without wearing any protective gear. Once he made it to the road he swerved sharply causing the vehicle to flip twice. In the process, the little boy was unfortunately crushed to death.

Looking back now, Kristen recalls just how disturbing and upsetting the incident was.

“We don’t know all the details, but it’s pretty obvious that when Logan got on that machine, he had no idea what he got his hands on. It was horrifying, graphic, brutal, unbelievable situation,” she said.

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Kristen went on to explain that Logan’s parents were fully aware of the dangers ATV’s can present and were very cautious regarding the safety of their children. In fact, they almost always kept the key to the vehicle carefully concealed. Nevertheless, the accident still occurred.

Kristen, who has worked in the power sports industry for many years, doesn’t believe that just because ATV’s can be dangerous that they cannot be enjoyed in a safe and responsible manner. Rather, she believes that educating children early on and ensuring they understand how to use these types of vehicles properly is the key to preventing tragedies like what happened to Logan. She compared ATV safety education to that of pool safety education.

“We don’t throw our kids who don’t how to swim off a dock into 12-foot water. With power sports, it’s the same thing. I don’t care whether you live in the city, you ride or you don’t ride — this is an issue that pertains to you,” she said.

Now that it is mid-summer many children are spending extra time partaking in outdoor sports including swimming. Like Kristen, other parents like Amber and Granger Smith are also speaking out about their own past summer tragedies in hopes of protecting other children. The Smith’s lost their own young son River in a tragic drowning accident last year. They are now dedicating themselves to promoting pool safety, as The Inquisitr previously reported.

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New Evidence in Thai Red Bull Hit-And-Run Case, Says Prosecutor's Office

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune was believed to have been driving much faster than initially thought when he was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in 2012, a prosecution spokesman said on Tuesday, in a case that has stirred anger in Thailand.

Vorayuth Yoovidhya was accused of crashing his Ferrari into policeman Wichien Klanprasert and dragging his body for dozens of metres before fleeing the scene.

He missed eight summonses to appear in court and his case raised angry questions about impunity for the rich. He was eventually charged with reckless driving causing death, with a statue of limitations until 2027, but his whereabouts are not known.

Last month, in a surprise move, police said the charges against him were being dropped.

But that decision was questioned in parliament and elsewhere and the police, the government and the Attorney General's office all said they would investigate.

A spokesman for the Office of the Attorney-General said new evidence had been found about the speed at which Vorayuth was believed to have been driving when he crashed into the policeman, who was on a motorcycle, on a Bangkok street.

"This case is not over because the law says if there is new evidence, we are able to proceed," Prayut Phetkun, the office's deputy spokesman, told reporters.

Previously, the speed of Vorayuth's Ferrari at the time of the accident was allegedly 80 kph (50 mph) but Prayut said, according to an expert opinion not previously included in the police report, the speed was closer to 170 kph (105 mph).

"This is new evidence according to the law."

Vorayuth could also face a new charge because blood tests after the accident showed traces of cocaine, but he was not charged at the time due to a possible false positive from the use of other medication, Prayut said.

Vorayuth, the grandson of the late Chaleo Yoovidhya, creator of the Krating Daeng, or Red Bull, energy drink was 27 at the time of the accident.

Prayut said the Attorney-General's office would recommend that police re-investigate the case due to discrepancy over the vehicle's speed.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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