9-Year-old Peru boy injured in snowmobile crash
Posted: Jan 22, 2012 11:26 PM EST | Updated: Nov 5, 2014 5:17 PM EST
PERU, Ind. - A 9-year-old was injured Sunday after crashing a snowmobile. The accident happened near 250 South and SR 19 at 2:34 p.m. The victim has been identified as Jadyn Owens, 9. According to conservation officers Owens was a passenger riding on a snowmobile driven by his mother, Cara Owens. Cara stopped to help Mikayla Wickham who was having trouble with her snowmobile. While Cara was leaning over to help, Jadyn grabbed the handlebars and hit the throttle. The snowmobile took off, throwing Cara off the machine, she tried to chase it down but was unable to catch up to it. Jadyn traveled over 200 yards, crossing SR 19 before the snowmobile cashed into several trees along the abandoned railroad bed. Jadyn's father, Barry Thomas, was the first person to reach Jadyn. Thomas carried him to the county road to wait for emergency crews. Jadyn was taken to Dukes Memorial Hospital by ambulance with unknown injuries. At 9 p.m. Sunday ABC 57 News contacted Dukes Memorial Hospital about Jadyn's condition, we were told that the media will not be updated on his condition at this time. Stay with ABC 57 News for updates.