A Warren County High School student is in critical, but stable, condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center after an accident during an organized four-wheeler race at the White County Fair.
Rock Island resident Lake Hillis, a 10th-grader, was injured in the crash Thursday night.
According to White County Fair president Mike Wilson, the accident took place while Hillis was competing in an Open 450 Class four-wheeler race at the fairgrounds. The race took place on a flat, circular track with no jumps.
During the race, Hillis bumped wheels with another competitor and was thrown from his four-wheeler while traveling at a significant speed. He hit the ground head first which caused his injuries.
“We had emergency personnel on hand and they were to him very quickly,” said Wilson. “He was first taken to White County Community Hospital and from there he was transported to Vanderbilt.”
Lake’s mother, Ann Rigsby Hawkins, said yesterday afternoon her son has been taken off a ventilator and is breathing on his own. He does not have brain stem damage and he did not break his neck, but she said it will take time to determine the extent of his injuries.
“We have to wait to see the extent of the damage,” said Hawkins. “The doctors say they can tell more when the swelling of his brain goes down.”
Hawkins said she’s been told it will take a couple days for the swelling to ease.
Wilson said the White County Fair holds several classes of races involving four-wheelers and motorcycles. He said the fair has held such races for years and described accidents as “very rare.”