A 3-year-old girl’s quad is stolen, but what happened next is awesome!

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SNOHOMISH, Wash. — Three-year old Zoey Wilde professionally rides a quad.  It’s something she has loved to do since she was only 2.  But last Saturday, someone stole her quad out of the back of her family pickup truck.

Her mother, Natalie, said her daughter was devastated.

“She started to cry and (I was) explaining that to her and why there is bad guys … it was a little difficult because she is 3,” Natalie said.

The bike was stolen right before her next race on Friday.  Zoey’s parents feared the season was over. Natalie decided to get on Facebook and post a picture of the stolen quad.

The response she got wasn't what she expected.  She got a call from Steve Nelson, who is a co-owner of Nelson Motorsports in Snohomish.  He asked Natalie and Zoey to visit his shop.

"I didn't want this little girl's dreams being crushed," Nelson said.

When they arrived, Nelson showed them a brand new quad and gave it to Zoey for free.

"We weren't coming here thinking we were getting anything from him.  We were just seeing if we could find a quad for Zoey to actually ride," Natalie said.

Nelson didn't think twice about giving Zoey the bike.

"The community needs to stand behind each other, instead of talking about doing something, you do it," Nelson said.

The surprise couldn't come at a better time.  Zoey hopes to win the race Friday.


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  • Robbie

    Who in the world lets a three year old ride a quad? The real criminal here is the parent who lets a child onto such a dangerous machine.

    • Darrel

      My 3 year old rides a Honda 70r with high compression big bore 110cc motor, 25mm ported and polished intake, with Klx 110 carb w/ .40 over jets. She loves it. Does about 55mph with my 200lbs on it. It’s about proper training and safety gear. More kids die in auto crashes at their parents fault every year than serious injury on atv or motor cycles!

  • KJ

    Nice story but Steve Nelson is an irresponsible Dealer. My son did the same thing racing them but 50cc quads are not legal until the child is 12 years old. He should have his license revoked for his free publicity.For years they have been closing down riding areas for safety concerns. I dont like it so I’ve been fighting for safety to keep the anti-quad people off our back.

  • Roy P.

    Are you guys SERIOUS? I’m SURE Zoey’s parents are well aware of the dangers and hazards of quads, dirt bikes and any other gas powered vehicle. Who do you think you are? Facebook police? I’m SURE Zoey’s parents love their daughter very much and are very adamant about Zoey’s safety and I’m positive it’s no bodies business to judge Zoey, her parents OR the dealer that donated a new quad to her family. A kid does not have to be 12 to ride a quad to compete on a closed course track for purpose of racing. I think back at some of the cr@p me and my friends did while growing up and what I see is 2 parents who have decided to take an active interest in raising their child! I WISH my parents cared enough to do the same, heck, as long as we were in when the street lights came on, they didn’t care what we did. I say WAY TO GO ZOEY AND ZOEY’s PARENTS!! I hope she hauls A$$ Friday… Ride safe, ride often…

  • Diane

    I am continually impressed with the riding community. While the rest of society feels hopelessly selfish and unmotivated most of the time, our fellow riders and racers and so generous of time, knowledge, and parts. Resolutions like what Nelson Motosports provided keep us bringing the kids back to race (an extremely expensive and time intensive hobby). I will be up in the stands this weekend, cheering on Zoey – and her brother and my two kids – like always. Moto family is just like regular family, only better. Go Zo!

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