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WINONA MAN DIES IN ATV CRASH
A 19-year-old Winona man died Sunday after he crashed his all-terrain vehicle into a ditch just after midnight.
Steven Ray Wells was riding his ATV with 16-year-old Lisa Marie Pickle on Rusk County Road 342 around midnight Sunday, according to Department of Public Safety reports.Wells was driving above the posted speed limit of 55 mph and couldn't turn the 2005 Suzuki Quad Sport sharply enough to stay on the roadway, DPS reports said.
The ATV left the roadway and crashed into a ditch after rolling one time. Both Wells and Ms. Pickle were ejected from the vehicle.
Wells was taken to Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler where he was pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m. by the attending emergency room doctor, DPS reports said.
Ms. Pickle is in stable condition with a collapsed lung at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
(from the Tyler Morning Telegraph, East Texas)
Riders hold the keys to ATV safety
By Tanya Browntbrown@journalandcourier.com
Despite an ATV crash this weekend, Ryan Miller, 22, of Frankfort, was back at Raisor Power Sports in Lafayette Monday.
"I flipped mine Saturday, but luckily it was no big deal," Miller said. "I had my helmet on. I figure my helmet is harder than the ground."
Miller, who owns a plethora of safety gear, including goggles, his helmet and a debris-repellent jersey, was shopping for safety boots.
The thick boots would protect his ankles and lower legs if he ever finds himself under the wheels of his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle again.
Miller, like many people who live or work in Greater Lafayette, heard about an ATV crash on Friday that claimed the life of a 3-year-old girl. He's an advocate for common sense safety approaches.
"(I've) been riding for four years," Miller said. "I always wear my helmet. I don't know about having a law, but it's common sense to wear it.
"They got all kinds of padding and stuff you can wear to protect yourself, even chest protectors."
The funeral for Reece Clawson, the child killed in Friday's ATV wreck, has been set for 10 a.m. today.
Vicki Harner, her grandmother, who was driving the ATV, was still in critical condition Monday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Two other ATV crashes produced injuries over the weekend in and around Tippecanoe County.
Matt Tholen, a Tippecanoe County conservation officer who investigates ATV crashes, said crashes like the recent ones highlight the need for safety training.
"There's no law saying you have to wear a helmet, but it's a manufacturer's recommendation, as well as a DNR one," Tholen said.
"If it was up to me, every kid would have a helmet on before they hit that ATV. Nobody just cruises anymore. It's all-out or nothing, and with the terrain we have, it can be awfully dangerous."
Aaron Howe, general manager at Raisor Power Sports, said he routinely recommends helmets when customers purchase ATVs and other power sport machines.
"We make money out of it and it protects them," he said. "We also set up obstacles for them to drive around if they're first-time drivers so they know the basics before they leave here."
State law prohibits dealers from selling ATVs to children under 16, but he said he knows parents can purchase them and then allow kids to ride later.
"When the adult leaves they have a thorough understanding of how to operate the machine," he said. "Hopefully they'll pass that along to whoever is riding it."
Tony Schutter, service manager at Raisor, said he grew up around ATVs because of his family's agricultural background. His son rode ATVs designed for youths when he was young.
He recommends that riders always wear protective gear and have their machines checked by a professional after even small wrecks to rule out any technical problems that could cause another crash.
"They're as safe as you want them to be," Schutter said.
"If you want to be stupid on them, you're going to get hurt. We have probably one a week in here that's been wrecked. It comes down to how safe you are and how you treat things.
Town deals with the death of girl
in ATV accident
By John Green
The Hutchinson News
MOSCOW - Crisis team members were at Moscow public schools Monday to help students deal with the loss of fifth-grader Danielle McCurry, who died Sunday after a weekend all-terrain vehicle accident on her family's farm.
Funeral services for Danielle, 11, the daughter of Danny and Teresa McCurry, are set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church.
"It shook up the whole school because there are family members in three grades," Junior/Senior High School Principal Stu Moore said.
The young girl was riding the four-wheeler on the road in front of her home at about 8 p.m. Saturday, Stevens County Sheriff Ted Heaton said.
"Her 15-year-old brother was out there, also," he said. "He'd gone out to tell her to get off the road. He saw her lose control and roll over."
The boy and his mother carried Danielle into their home, Heaton said. She was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, but died Sunday from her injuries.
"There was nothing to indicate excessive speed," Heaton said. "She just lost control and rolled. It's a rough deal."
Counselors from the Southwest Regional Plains Service Center in Sublette and from the Hugoton school district were available Monday for students, teachers and staff, Moore said.
"She was not in a lot of school activities, but she was fond of sporting activities and farming activities," he said. "She really liked following her two other brothers" Cory, 15, and Justin, 17.
The Rev. Roy Nelson, pastor at the United Methodist Church, said Danielle "was a very lively, very spirited young lady."
"She was extremely involved in our Kid's Club, an after-school program on Wednesdays," he said. "Her mother has always helped with that ... and if mom couldn't go, Danielle always made sure she could go."
Danielle apparently becomes the first teen killed in an ATV accident this year in Kansas, though she's the third since November.
There were 17 ATV accidents with injuries in the state last year, resulting in 11 deaths, according to statistics from the Kansas Farm Bureau. At least nine involved rollovers.
Of all the accidents, nine involved juveniles and resulted in five deaths.
Woman killed in A-T-V rolloverTOWN OF ASHFORD, Wis.
A Campbellsport woman has died in an A-T-V accident in Fond du Lac County.
Forty-six-year-old Deborah Kersten was found pinned underneath her A-T-V early today in the Town of Ashford.
Sheriff's authorities say Kersten was apparently trying to make a sharp turn when the A-T-V flipped on top of her.
(Thanks Bob Nelson, KFIZ-Fond du Lac)
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