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Motorcycle dealer gives safety warning after 2 kids die

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In just two weeks, two young children, died after an accidents on a powersport vehicles.

Kara Meyer, 6, of Montezuma was critically injured Monday, and died on Wednesday after an all-terrain vehicle crashed while she was riding with her father.

On May 14, 2-year-old Abraham J. Harris died in Johnson County after falling from a motorcycle, while riding with his 11-year-old brother.

Jeff Simpson, general manager at Sun & Fun Motorsports says operating any type of powersport vehicles is dangerous.

While Iowa does not have a law that requires helmets to be warn, Simpson says there should be.

“You can’t plan, so what I always say is dress for the crash,” said Simpson. “I’ve definitely seen it save lives. We always recommend wearing a helmet, proper riding gear, including jacket with proper armor, riding pants, boots above the ankle.”

He’s witnessed customers and even his own friends get into accidents, he says the effects of not wearing the proper gear, could be devastating.

Michelle Cherrier, the program director of Kirkwood’s Motorcycle Safety Foundation course says all students in the course must wear a helmet and all proper gear.

“It’s a matter of life and death, I’ve known somebody that has died that was not wearing a helmet, and I know somebody that survived that wasn’t wearing a helmet,” said Cherrier. “I think it’s very tragic and I feel for the family and the first thing I though of, were they wearing a helmet, were they practicing the safety measures.”

The Iowa Department of Transportation show there were 41 motorcycle fatalities in 2013, 34 of those were not wearing a helmet.

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