Some lessons aren’t worth the experience they impart


Given that the following involves death and serious injury, I’ll suspend comment other than to say that in addition to it being a tragedy I simply can’t fathom how things like this even happen.

Last Saturday two teenage sisters, aged 16 and 18, were riding together on a Yamaha four-wheeler in rural Sumter County, SC, when they crashed into another ATV, driven by a 15-year old, that had slowed in front of them. Both siblings were taken to a hospital in Columbia, SC.

The younger sister, Samantha Turner, who was 34 weeks pregnant, survived but is in critical condition. Her baby was delivered through an emergency c-section.

The older sister, Ashlyn Turner, who was 22 weeks pregnant, did not survive, nor did her unborn child.

The girls’ father Sam Turner told a Columbia television station that he taught his girls how to ride their ATVs safety.

“He also says he tried to encourage them not to ride since they were pregnant,” according to WIS-TV.



7 thoughts on “Some lessons aren’t worth the experience they impart

  1. Working Pediatric Trauma, we absolutely dread the ATV accidents. A beautiful sunny day can end in such tragedy because of these vehicles. I wish they would be banned or at least allow only people 18 years or older to ride them. ATVs are too unstable and dangerous. Thanks for this post.

    • I can only imagine what you see. I classify ATVs with motorcycles: They look like they’d be a lot of fun, but realistically you have to realize you’re probably going to be in an accident at some point. The risk-return analysis just doesn’t add up, at least to me. Thank you for stopping by, and for the work you do.

  2. That is terrible, for the dad especially since he did have a talk about not riding pregnant.. “If i had only tried to convince them a little harder..” I can’t even imagine how he must feel right now! How are they doing now?

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