Liz Holliday

Communications Specialist

Child injured in ATV accident returns home from hospital

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. – A family is thankful after doctors say their 14-month-old son will fully recover from a weekend ATV accident.

The accident happened in Schuylerville on Sunday night, when a six-year-old backed up an ATV into his baby brother.

Schuylerville Emergency Services were first to the scene of the accident. Matt Stefanacci, a paramedic, says he has been in the business for 17 years and this is the first time he has heard of a case like this, calling it freak accident.

The family has since returned home from Albany Medical Center and they say the child is expected to make a full recovery.

Bill Peck is the father of four boys, all under the age of six. He said he was returning from a business trip when he heard his eldest son accidently back an ATV into his 14-month-old, Henry Niell. The toddler suffered from a fractured skull and broken neck.

“You know you think you’re safe in your yard, but everywhere you go there are accidents waiting to happen and this was one of them,” said Peck.

Peck owns a dairy farm in the North Country. He says the boys have driven inside the family ATV many times, but were never allowed to do be in it on their own.

While in their family’s backyard, Peck’s six-year-old son got away from his mother’s watchful eye, with just enough time for him to take the ATV out on his own, not realizing his baby brother was running behind.

“He feels very badly– he knows the extent of the injuries,” said the father.

The family says the keys to the ATV are almost always kept atop their refrigerator, and that this was completely an accident.

Thankfully, the Peck family says the child will make a full recovery, despite a small fracture to his skull and two of his neck vertebrae. The family explains that the accident could have been much worse.

“These are life lessons and luckily we have good news to report out of it, that it wasn’t a tragedy,” said Peck.

The parents say their six-year-old feels terrible for injuring his baby brother.

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