MENTONE, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle crash that injured two Fort Wayne teenagers in Kosciusko County, southwest of Warsaw.
The crash happened around 7 p.m. Friday near 6005 West Shilling Road, according to a DNR statement released Saturday.
A 15-year-old boy was operating the ORV on private property when a 16-year-old boy as a passenger. The driver lost control on an embankment near a pond. The ORV rolled, went into the pond, and underwater.
DNR officials said both boys were thrown into the water.
The property owner, 50-year-old Cary Groninger, called 911 and then jumped into the water to help the boys.
The driver of the ORV was able to swim to safety but the passenger never resurfaced. DNR officials said Groninger searched the water near where the ORV entered the pond and was able to locate the passenger.
Paramedics performed life-saving techniques on the passenger who was taken to a hospital and then eventually air-lifted to a Fort Wayne hospital. The boy’s condition is not known. The driver of the ORV suffered minor injuries.
DNR officials neither boy was wearing a helmet, but appeared to have a safety harness.