First Ever ATV Safety Robot Unveiled

The first ever ATV safety robot was unveiled at Sharon Elementary Thursday honoring an 11 year-old whose life was taken too soon. 

"There's not a day or minute that goes by that we don't think about Kate or her accident," Ashlee Bruggenschmidt says. Her daughter Kate Bruggenschmidt was killed was 18 months ago. A life taken too soon, and a tragedy that was an accident. 

Captain William Brown with Indiana Department of Natural Resources says, "You don't want that to happen to an Hoosier ever."

Kate, unfamiliar with ATV's, got on one at a friend's house. She lost control and it overturned, killing her. 

"When we look back about what we can do to prevent something like this from happening we know that education is key," Ashlee says. 

A tragic death bringing to life an animatronic robot named Safety Sam. 

Allie Cavins, a parent and supporter says, "All these kids that are here tonight I hope they can grow up and become adults. Kate didn't have that and Ashlee doesn't have that and I just want all these kids to be safe."

"I've been to so many tragedies I want it to stop," Brown says. The conservation officers I work with their hearts are hurting too. "

What would Kate think of the new educational tool?

"She was always about technology and electronics so I definitely think she would be proud of him," Ashlee says. 

So the next time a Hoosier gets on a four wheeler, some hold hope Kate's story will reach millions bringing the number of fatalities from last year's record high of 23 to 0. 

It's no doubt Kate left her mark, but not just on an ATV.

"We always talk about finding hope and this community gives you hope," Ashlee says. 

Safety Sam will be showcased around the nation as the newest educational took and it already booked for the year. 


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