Ellie Sand loved life! She was an accomplished dancer, tennis player,
horse back rider, and dirt biker. She was VERY determined, quit was
not a word she knew.
On October 27th, 2007 Ellie was taken for a ride by a young adult. They
were driving at a normal rate of speed on a FLAT field, and Ellie was
wearing a seatbelt. Much to the surprise of everyone, the Yamaha Rhino
tipped over crushing Ellie. Ellie was rushed by air care to Cincinnati
Children's Hospital where experts worked on her for 24+ hours while
she was on life support machines. Much to everyones disappointment
the damage had been done. Her little body could not withstand the damage
from a 1100 lb machine. Ellies death was VERY sad to everyone, but
in her death many of her organs SAVED the lives of at least 3 children.
Ellie is survived by 3 brothers (14 yrs, 8 yrs, & 3 yrs) and one sister
(8 months) John & Tammie Sand believe that it is their duty to help save
others from a tragic fate like Ellie?s. Though it is too late for Ellie,
by telling her story and sharing what the Sand?s have learned about
the dangers of Yamaha Rhinos, they may save someone else's child.
The Sand family has looked back on that fatal day and have tried to understand
how this tragedy happened. They have learned the sad truth that they
are not alone. Rhino drivers and riders all over the country have suffered
serious injuries or even death, when their Yamaha Rhinos rolled over.
The Sand family believe the Rhino is top-heavy, with too narrow a track
width, too high a center of gravity, wheels too small to maintain stability
and steering geometry that facilitates rollovers even
at low-speeds on flat terrain. Yamaha agrees their words are: "Abrupt
maneuvers......have caused rollovers EVEN on flat, open areas."
lean more please see: www.yamaha-rhino-information.com
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