9 Year Old Boy Robert McAlister Dies In Quad Bike Farm Tragedy
Boy Killed Riding Quad Bike Alone On Farm
The boy, Robert McAlister, was on his own when the quad bike tragedy struck early Sunday evening.
The Scottish Ambulance Service said that the boy was taken to Victoria Hospital in Rothesay where he was pronounced dead.
Strathclyde Police said that a post-mortem would take place and a report would be sent to the Procurator Fiscal who would decide if any procedings would be taken against anyone.
Crackdown On Quad Bikes Called For
It is not against the law in the UK for children to drive quad bikes on private land but children under 13 cannot drive them for work purposes. Farm land is defined in law as a workplace.
The road safety charity Brake is campaigning for legistlation to be brought in to make it illegal for all but older children to drive quad bikes anywhere and this tragic accident will strengthen such calls for a crackdown on quad bikes.
The Health and Safety Executive, HSE, say that there are over 1,000 serious injuries due to quad bike accidents every year in the UK.
Police are continuing with their inquiries.
Robert McAlister was involved in an accident at about 6.20pm on Sunday. It is thought that he was on his own when it happened. He was a pupil at Rothesay Primary School where Wendy Brownlie, his head teacher, described him as “a sporty lad”. She said: “Everyone will be devastated to hear of this tragedy. Robert was a popular boy who will be sadly missed by both pupils and staff.