Family of Sulphur girl injured in ATV accident warns of dangers - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Family of Sulphur girl injured in ATV accident warns of dangers

(Source: Family) (Source: Family)
SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - a Sulphur family was recently hit by a tragedy. A 14-year-old girl is recovering in a Houston hospital after an ATV accident left her with a severe brain injury.

"She was traveling 65 or 70 miles an hour and she was trying to do a performance maneuver called drifting and she drifted into the ditch and it flipped from what we can tell four or five times," said Cheyenne's Stepdad, Kenny Brunfield.

Cheyenne Johnson is now on a slow and long journey ahead with no promises of a full recovery. 

"People need to understand if you're going to let your children ride ATV's, protect them, because it can happen to you," said Brumfield. "It can happen to you in a heart beat."

Her stepdad said Cheyenne was an avid ATV rider for two years. He said as she grew better, she grew braver. He now wants parents to learn from his heartache.

"Wear anything from clothing to helmets, if you're riding a side by side then seatbelts, go to a class and learn to ride, because you can become complacent and it will hurt you and that's exactly what it did to our baby," said Brumfield.

Cheyenne's family wants to also raise awareness about brain injuries in general. They said through their painful experience, they've walked closely with other families in a similar situation.
  
"I want people to realize a brain injury flips your world upside down," said Brumfield. "Not only did I lose my child, but I lost my wife, because she lives in the hospital with her and I'm here by myself and it's just like everything is gone."

But even in the unclear moments, Cheyenne continues to take steps in the right direction.
 
Neighbors recently hosted a poker run to raise money for Cheyenne. They said they plan to have another in October.

For more information on Cheyenne and her recovery, click here.

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