Highland County Sheriff Donald E. Barrera
Highland County Sheriff Donald E. Barrera

Sheriff Donnie Barrera reports that on Oct. 3 at 6:55 p.m., the Highland County Sheriff's Office received a call of an ATV accident involving a 3-year-old child.

Deputies from the Highland County Sheriff's Office as well as the Paint Creek Fire & EMS responded to the Paint Township residence, according to Sheriff Barrera. Upon investigation, it was found that the 3-year-old child had been sitting on the front seat of a Ranger utility ATV while it was running.


Reportedly, a family member present was attempting to turn off the Ranger utility ATV, while at the same time, the child was attempting to exit the ATV, accidentally stepping on the gas pedal, which caused the ATV to accelerate. The Ranger utility ATV then traveled out of a barn, where it struck a tree, pinning the child between the seat and the dashboard of the ATV.

Sheriff Barrera advises that the child was driven by ambulance to Cincinnati Children's Hospital with severe head trauma, where the child later died from injuries sustained.

The Highland County Sheriff's Office has ruled this incident to be an accident.

For general questions or clarification, please contact Sheriff Donnie Barrera at 937-393-1421. The Crime Tip Hotline of the Highland County Sheriff's Office is 937-840-6243.