Six-year-old rode quad bike alone

Charlie, 6, rolled and ended in a ditch

Last updated 13:07 07/01/2014
Charlie Vercoe

LOST CONTROL: Charlie Vercoe was riding a quad bike by himself.

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A six-year-old Invercargill boy killed in a quad bike crash was riding an adult size quad bike by himself.

LATEST: Charlie John Vercoe, 6, and his 12-year-old brother were out together riding quad bikes when the crash occurred at 5.30pm last night.

Police said it appeared Charlie lost control of the quad bike he was driving, which rolled before landing in a ditch of water.

He was rushed to Southland Hospital after emergency services were called to the farm on the Wallacetown-Lorneville highway. He later died in hospital.

Wallacetown volunteer firefighter and officer-in-charge Brendan Hamilton said the boy who, was visiting the property, was pinned under the quad submerged in a creek.

The boy had been freed by the time firefighters arrived on the farm but appeared to be have been trapped under the bike for several minutes, he said.

Charlie was wearing a helmet, he said.

His parents are being supported by family and Victim Support.

Police said the boys were visiting the farm where the accident occurred.

They added that it was a tragic reminder of the need for a high level of safety on farm vehicles

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