10-year-old boy thrown from ride at Taste of Antioch suffered injuries to jaw, face and leg

The boy, who was thrown from a carnival ride Sunday, is expected to survive. The family has raised more than $22,000 from a GoFundMe set up to help with expenses.

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More than $22,000 has been raised through an online fundraiser to support Huntley, the 10-year-old boy who was thrown from a carnival ride in Antioch over the weekend and suffered multiple injuries. The fundraiser was started by Huntley’s uncle Robert Pohlman.

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The 10-year-old boy who was thrown from a ride at the Taste of Antioch festival Sunday suffered multiple injuries to his jaw, face and to the bones in one leg. He underwent surgery and is expected to survive, officials said Monday.

The boy, identified by a family member as Huntley, fell from an attraction that Antioch officials called the “Moby Dick ride” about 2:40 p.m. Sunday and was airlifted first to Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge and then to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where he had surgery, according to a news release from Antioch officials.

Robert Pohlman said his nephew fell from about 10 to 20 feet. Pohlman started a GoFundMe campaign for Huntley, which had raised more than $22,800 by Monday night.

“My sister and his father will be out of work for a time that will make paying for the unknown amount of surgery my nephew will need almost impossible,” Pohlman wrote on the website.

Pohlman said any money left over will be saved for Huntley when he recovers.

Antioch Mayor Scott Gartner ordered the rides at the Taste of Antioch, an Antioch Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, shut down after the boy was injured, officials said.

Village officials said the Illinois Department of Labor will conduct an independent investigation to determine whether the boy’s fall resulted from mechanical failure, operator error or a combination thereof. According to the state, the Moby Dick ride was inspected this year and issued a permit to operate.

Antioch Police Chief Geoffrey Guttschow said his department is also conducting an investigation.

“We will be working with the Lake County state’s attorney to determine if any criminal charges will be appropriate under these circumstances,” Guttschow said.

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