Child Injured in ATV Crash/Darwin Man Charged 13 May 13

A rural Darwin man is charged with DWI after an ATV crash that seriously injured a child.

KWLM reports the Meeker County Sheriff’s Department got a call yesterday just after 3 p.m. about an ATV crash at the Thompson Lake County Park, west of Cosmos.

30-year-old Michael Vollmer was giving his friend’s 5-year-old daughter a ride and was trying to climb a steep embankment when the ATV rolled backward onto Vollmer and the girl. The man who reported the crash tried to help the girl but said Vollmer put her on the ATV and brought her to her grandparent’s house. An ambulance arrived and took her to the Meeker Memorial Hospital, and she was later flown to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis with life threatening injuries. Neither she nor Vollmer were wearing helmets.

Vollmer has been charged with 2nd Degree DWI and Criminal Vehicular Operation resulting in injury.