A 19-year-old Waycross man was injured in a freak accident Monday when he wrecked a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle that he was test-driving for possible purchase, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Shane Hunter Kendall, 19, of the 2700 block of Alice Street, was thrown about 40 feet off the 2000 Yamaha Banshee he was riding at a high rate of speed when it crashed on Washington Avenue just east of Swamp Road, Royal said.
Kendall had parked his own vehicle, a 2002 Kawasaki Model 190 motorcycle, in the middle of Washington Avenue while he rode the Banshee, Royal said.
Royal said he headed out East Washington Avenue and rode almost to the end. As he turned around, he accelerated to a high rate of speed as he returned to the spot where he started. When he approached his motorcycle, he failed to slow down and the four-wheeler slammed into the cycle, Royal said.
“When he was thrown off, he landed face down and was unconscious for several seconds following,” said Royal.
He was checked out and treated at the scene by Ware County Emergency Medical Service technicians, then transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of facial injuries, as well as injuries to his back and neck.
Royal said both of the machines, the four-wheeler and the motorcycle, had extensive damage. The owner of the four-wheeler is Brandon Proctor, of the 1400 block of Gilmore Street.
Deputy Zabrae Williams investigated the 5:58 p.m. accident.