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July 25, 2021

14-year-old ATV driver dies after accident in Hurricane

HURRICANE — A 14-year-old died from his injuries Saturday after an ATV accident on Friday evening, authorities said.

Utah State Parks Lt. Regan Wilson confirmed on Sunday the boy’s death and stated that he was from St. George, Utah. The juvenile’s identity has not yet been publicly released, though Wilson said that Utah State Parks will share a press release including his name in the coming days.

The teen was transported by air ambulance in critical condition after an ATV accident on Friday evening, Wilson said.

A 38-year-old and 14-year-old were driving an ATV at Purple Hills in Warner Valley between 7 and 8 p.m. on Friday evening when the accident occurred, Wilson told KSL on Saturday. The teen was driving and the 38-year-old was a passenger.

While the vehicle was moving at slow speeds, a missed turn while driving up a hill resulted in a rollover, Wilson said. The exact cause of the accident and the sequence of events are still under investigation. Initial reports did not include seatbelts or helmets, he said.

The 38-year-old sustained head injuries and was transported via ground ambulance to St. George Hospital, Wilson stated. The 14-year-old was transported by air ambulance to the same hospital.

Washington County Search and Rescue, Utah State Parks and LifeFlight all responded to the scene of the accident.

Wilson encouraged ATV operators to wear helmets and seatbelts, and to operate machines with Utah’s required safety certificate. He also noted the importance of driving within one’s means, and praised the victims for riding together so that the juvenile had supervision.

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