Forum News Service, Published May 13 2013
Minnesota ATV crash injures girl; man charged with DWICOSMOS, Minn. - A 5-year-old girl was seriously injured Sunday in an ATV accident near Cosmos and a rural Darwin man is in jail on charges of second-degree driving while impaired and criminal vehicular operation resulting in injury.
According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened about 3 p.m. Sunday at the Thompson Lake County Park west of Cosmos
A caller stated that a man, later identified as Michael Vollmer, 30, was attempting to drive an ATV up a steep embankment and the 2001 Yamaha 4-wheeler rolled over backwards onto the driver and a 5-year-old passenger.
According to the sheriff’s report, the caller tried to help the child, but Vollmer took her away on the ATV.
Cosmos Ambulance transported the child from her grandparents home in Cosmos to the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield. She was later airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis with life-threatening injuries.
Neither the child nor Vollmer were wearing helmets.
Vollmer is a friend of the child's father, according to the report.
Vollmer is being held at the Meeker County Jail.