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July 25, 2021

14-year-old who died in ATV accident identified by officials

HURRICANE — Officials have identified the 14-year-old who died from his injuries on Saturday following an ATV accident.

The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation on Monday identified the 14-year-old as Zane McQuivey, of St. George.

Zane was transported by air ambulance following the ATV accident on Friday and later died on Saturday, according to Utah State Parks Lt. Regan Wilson.

His family issued a statement following his death:

“Zane was a kind and happy 14-year-old boy. He was an eighth-grader at Crimson Cliffs Middle School. He will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and community. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support that we have received. We are thankful for the Donor Connect program so that Zane is able to continue to help others.”

According to Wilson, Zane and a 38-year-old male passenger were driving an ATV at Purple Hills in Warner Valley between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday when the accident occurred.

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. It appears that neither of the individuals was wearing helmets or seat belts at the time of the crash, according to a Utah Division of Parks and Recreation press release.

The passenger sustained head injuries and was transported via ground ambulance to St. George Hospital, Wilson stated. According to a release, the man is expected to recover from his injuries.

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

Wilson encouraged ATV operators to wear helmets and seat belts and to operate machines with Utah’s required safety certificate. Wilson praised the rule of riding with adult supervision when a juvenile was involved and noted the importance of driving within one’s means.

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