Shaun Gallagher. From WNDU 16 News.Posted on July 26, 2016. Original article.

Shortly before 6:30 Monday evening, Kyle Hilty (11, Syracuse), died of injuries sustained in an off road vehicle crash that occurred at his residence on County Road 35.

Kyle was last seen operating an ATV around his family property around 6 pm. After about 20 minutes his 13 year old brother found him lying in a field. A preliminary investigation indicates that Kyle struck a piece of farm equipment hidden by tall grass in a field. On impact he was thrown from the ATV.

Kyle was not wearing a helmet or any other safety equipment.

Officer Whitehead said Hilty, who comes from a Mennonite family, was milking cows before the incident and when he was done, he took the ATV to get back to the house.


“We found he was doing nothing out of the ordinary,” Indiana Conservation Officer Dustin Whitehead said. “Normal farm work. He was on a four wheeler behind the house on private property and hit an obstruction in tall grass. Some old farm equipment. We believe it caused the four wheeler to overturn and, unfortunately, he was not wearing a helmet and he was trapped under the four wheeler resulting in a tragic accident.”

 Benton Township Fire/EMS, Turkey Creek-Syracuse Fire/EMS, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Syracuse Police, and Indiana Conservation Officers attempted to revive Kyle.

The investigation is ongoing by Indiana Conservation Officers with assistance from Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and Syracuse Police.

(Syracuse) Indiana Conservation Officers are on scene of an off road vehicle crash in the area of County Road 35 south of US 6.

Officers are still investigating the crash that occurred around 6:30 this evening. Initial reports from the scene are that an 11 year old child was killed in the crash.

Indiana Conservation Officers will provide more information as the investigation unfolds but are cautioning riders to practice safety.

“We deal across statewide with a lot of four wheeler accidents and each one is its own,” Whitehead said. “It seems like some things are controlled and some aren’t. In this instance, like I said, it was tragic and the series of events was uncontrolled. Obviously we want to promote, number one, if you are operating an ATV, we want you to wear a helmet. That can prevent injuries obviously. Thoughts and prayers with family and friends and everyone involved.”