A 14-year-old boy and a 52-year-old man are both killed in two separate accidents involving all-terrain vehicles or ATVs.
Both accidents happened in southern Erie county. A total of four ATV accidents have occurred over the last four days in Western New York.
Timmy Weber, 52, of Genesee Road in East Concord was riding on his property Sunday when he fell into a ravine. Audrey Weber, who lives with her son Timmy, grew concerned that night when Timmy never came home from his ATV ride.
"It was wet down there and he must have slipped," says Audrey Weber, "I came out and looked for him and said 'is he riding around?', he's not riding around. I called and I didn't hear him, and the next day they found him."
Erie County Sheriff's deputies found Weber's body in a ravine behind his house. They've ruled his death accidental and say he died of asphyxiation after his ATV landed on top of him.
"It's awful," says Audrey Weber, "I don't care if (your children) are a year old or 700...it's always... I'm still shaking."
A family in North Collins is also mourning the loss of a son. Police say 14-year-old Collin Renaldo died from a neck injury when he hit a chain gate and was thrown from his ATV. Some of his classmates at North Collins Central School were just learning of the deadly accident as they arrived for the start of a new school year Wednesday morning.
"We had a gathering this morning of all the students to talk about the situation and to explain to them how we are going to provide to them whatever they need to deal with this as far as time and counseling," says Benjamin Halsey.
The other two ATV crashes this week involved young boys. A five-year-old crashed into his grandmother's garage door in Holland suffering non-life threatening cuts, and a six-year-old wiped out in his backyard in Brant and also suffered non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say both young boys were wearing helmets and that's something the riders in the fatal accidents were not doing.
"Anytime you are operating any type of motor vehicle including an ATV we recommend you take some training, you have the proper safety gear and you also have someone of adult supervision," says Sgt. Martin Bronisz of the Erie County Sheriff's Office. There are laws requiring ATV riders to wear helmet but those do not apply when the rider is on private property.