A heart-breaking photograph shows a 12-year-old Michigan girl clinging onto her older sister’s hand as from their hospital beds, as they together fought for their lives after their ATV crashed into a tree.
Riley Robinson passed away as a result of the injuries sustained from the on September 9 accident that also left her 14-year-old sibling Peyton in critical condition.
The image shows Peyton’s palm resting on her sister’s hand with her fingers intertwined, while Riley can only loop her thumb around her sister’s middle finger.
Riley and Peyton Robinson fought for their lives together in hospital after an ATV crash
Dad Larry Robinson describes signing donor papers as ‘the hardest thing’ but wanted to help other families spend more time with their loved ones
Riley Robinson passed away as a result of the injuries sustained from an ATV accident on September 9
Riley’s vehicle crashed into a tree and her brother Tyler called the emergency services after the discovering the accident that happened around 10am that morning
Father Larry Robinson will donate Riley’s organs in hope there’s a chance her death can help save the lives of six other young people.
‘I think the hardest thing we did was signing the paper for organ donation,’ he told Fox 2 Detroit. ‘I don’t get our daughter back but there are six families that get a little more time to spend with their loved ones.’
Peyton’s arms, elbow, shoulder were fractured in the accident.
Her father was especially keen for her to be able to wear her favorite outfits without worry after reconstructive surgery.
Riley (pictured with her dad center) was riding with sister Peyton (right) at the time
The sisters were riding around their grandmother’s home in Missaukee County
‘The doctor said that he was going to look at trying to fix her collarbone, make sure it heals right, because little girls like to wear dresses,’ Robinson said about the procedures taking place, that will also address her eyes, jaw and nose on Friday.
Under 16s can ride the recreational vehicles so long as they have had safety training and are supervised by an adult.
Regardless of age, anyone riding an ATV must wear a helmet.
Riley and Peyton’s 16-year-old brother, Tyler, discovered them near their grandmother’s home in Missaukee County and called the emergency services after the accident.
Father Larry Robinson will donate Riley’s organs in hope there’s a chance her death can help save the lives of six other young people
He described their brother Tyler, who pulled the ATV off his sister, as a ‘hero’
He pulled the recreational vehicle off his sister in what their father describes as an act of heroism.
‘He’s my hero. He called 911, and got the 4 wheeler off his sister. He did everything he could,’ the distraught parent told Fox 2.
Riley was later airlifted to Grand Rapids hospital but succumbed to her injuries.
‘Life as you know it can be over in a blink of an eye,’ Robinson continued. ‘She was the life of the party. Trusting, very caring.’