April 28– An all-terrain vehicle-related tragedy has once again struck Hardin County.
In an ATV roll-over Monday, 8-year-old Anna Morris was killed and her cousin, Jack Hartmann, 7, was injured.
First responders from Olivet-Walkertown (Dist. 6) and law enforcement authorities were dispatched to 550 County Home Road near Savannah at 5:46 p.m., according to a report from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department.
The report says Morris was driving a Polaris “side by side” ATV, with Hartmann as a passenger, when the vehicle rolled several times.
The children were not wearing safety equipment, according to officials.
Morris is believed to have been trapped underneath the vehicle, and it is also reported that Hartmann, despite back and head injuries, ran to the nearby home of Tim Stricklin, who called 911.
Responding medics performed CPR on Morris at the scene, who was transported to Hardin Medical Center emergency room, where she was pronounced dead. Hartman was airlifted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital with what was reported as non-life threatening injuries to his neck and back.
Both children are students at East Hardin Elementary School, where Hartmann’s mother, Cyndi Hartmann, is a teacher, according to Director of Schools Michael Davis.
Davis said an announcement was made at East Hardin this morning that Jack Hartmann has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, a report confirmed by Hardin County Sheriff Sammy Davidson.