NWGA Scanner | September 17th, 2021

Trion teenager succumbs to injuries sustained in Saturday ATV crash in Chattooga County

A local teenager died Tuesday from injuries sustained during an ATV crash in Pennville over the weekend. Emergency first responders were summoned to Knox Street Saturday afternoon after two 16-year-olds crashed on the same ATV. Erlanger LifeForce helicopter was called to transport both teens. The juveniles were on a 2012 Honda Foreman ATV traveling on Knox Street at around 1:03 p.m. when the vehicle ‘crossed the centerline and was traveling northbound in the southbound lane,’ according to preliminary findings from the Georgia State Patrol. The driver, Joshua Hernandez-Solis, “overcorrected to get back in the northbound lane and lost control of the four-wheeler,” according to the GSP. Hernandez-Solis and passenger Ester Vicente-Vicente were ejected off the ATV and suffered serious injuries during the crash, according to GSP findings. Trion City Schools released a public statement Tuesday evening after learning that Hernandez-Solis passed away days after the crash. “Trion High School and Trion Athletics mourn the loss of one of our own this evening. It is with great sadness that we inform Bulldog Nation that Josh Hernandez passed away today shortly after 6:00 p.m. from injuries he sustained from an ATV accident on Saturday. We as a school and community offer our deepest sympathy to the entire Hernandez family. We extend our love, prayers, and support to you during this extremely difficult time. Rest In Peace, Josh.” GSP Public Information Officer Lieutenant Mark Riley said the crash is still under investigation at this time. According to Safe Kids Georgia, a network of health educators providing injury prevention education: Most ATVs are not designed for more than one rider. Georgia has the fifth-highest ATV-related deaths.