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7-year-old girl critical after ATV hits deer

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 10:12 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 11:37 a.m. CST

AMBOY – A 7-year-old girl was in critical condition Monday night after being thrown from an ATV that hit a deer Sunday evening.

According to a report from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department:

Makenzie Rutherford and her mother, Cassandra Gray, 26, were passengers on a four-wheeled ATV, which was being driven by 34-year-old Brian Dees. All are from Amboy.

They were on Sublette Road west of LaMoille Road around 7:30 p.m. when they hit the deer. Makenzie was in front of Dees, Gray was behind him; no one was wearing a helmet.

The ATV rolled into a ditch, and all three were thrown. Dees and Gray were taken to Mendota Community Hospital; Makenzie was flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital, which has the region’s pediatric intensive care unit.

Dees was charged with operating an ATV on a roadway. Results of drug and alcohol tests will not be available for several weeks, the police report said.

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