A Virginia teen was the victim of a freak accident while he was working off a community service sentence that was handed down to him after he was caught with stolen property. While halfway through his community service commitment, Clint Amaya had his arm cut off by an auger used to dig holes for fences.
Amaya is now recovering at home, forced to finish out the rest of his high school year at home.
Amaya was sentenced to 75 hours of community service after he served a 30-day juvenile detention sentence. His community service was performed at a local farm where he was supposed to clean up horse waste, but he says he was immediately asked to help build fences for the farm. According to Fox 8 News, Amaya’s family is now asking why an underage boy was required to work with dangerous, heavy equipment. The Department of Juvenile Justice says that Amaya’s family signed the waiver which stated that the teen might be asked to build fences, but they are now reviewing their community service requirements for underage crimes.
The farm owner is reportedly very upset, telling Fox 8 that she will change her policy to only allow those over the age of 18 to work with heavy equipment. The farm owner, who did not wish to be identified, said it’s the first accident she’s had in the ten years she’s owned the farm.
Meanwhile, Amaya is saying that the incident has caused him to have nightmares. He told Fox 8, “I moved back and my arm hit the thing and it ripped my arm apart.”
“I can’t sleep, man, all I do is see that thing and how it happened. I feel so bad, I cry.”