MONTEZUMA, Iowa - A 6-year-old has died as the result of an off-road utility vehicle (ORV) crash on Monday. The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office rushed to the intersection of 510th Avenue and Highway 63 at 9:02 a.m. Monday where they found Kara Meyer pinned under the ORV. She had been riding with her father as he was checking on his cattle which were out of their pen and in a nearby timber. Her father had stopped on the shoulder of the road when the front passenger tire of the ORV fell off the shoulder, and the vehicle rolled on its side in the ditch, pinning Meyer. Her 3-year-old brother and father were also injured when they were partially ejected from side window. Meyer’s father tried to get the vehicle off of her, but it was too heavy. Emergency workers took her to a local hospital and then to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment for critical injuries. Meyer was in the hospital for two days before passing away Wednesday morning. Her family is donating her organs to other young children who need them.
The Department of Natural Resources says most ORV makers require passengers to be 12 years of age or at the very least, be old enough to have their feet touch the floor while their back is against the back of the seat.
Already, friends and community members are reaching out to the family. They have started a challenge called Cartwheels for Kara. Each individual or group of individuals does a cartwheel and challenges someone else to shoot a video doing a cartwheel. If that person fulfills the challege, the challenger donates money to the family.