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ATV Crash in Volusia County Kills Passenger, Severely Injures Driver

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on June 11, 2020

An accident involving a single ATV close to the city of Mims in Volusia County resulted in the death of a single individual, so say reports from the Florida Highway Patrol. Members of the FHP were on-hand to respond to the crash reports, which were made shortly after the all-terrain vehicle crashed. It is not clear if the two on the ATV were alone or if they were perhaps traveling with a group of other joyriders through the area.

What we do know is that the ATV which crashed was a Polaris Ranger being driven by a 57-year-old man. On the back of the vehicle was a 26-year-old woman. The relationship between these two individuals is not known at the time of this writing.

Shortly before the crash took place, the two on the ATV had been traveling towards the intersection between Morgan Alderman Road and State Road 46. The reports from the FHP failed to concretely state which of these two roads the individuals were actually traveling down, but we know that it was as they neared the intersection that the driver of the ATV apparently lost control of the vehicle.

As a result, the ATV left the roadway while traveling at a fairly bracing speed. It is not clear if the driver was struggling to maintain control over the ATV or if they were for some reason unaware of what was happening (something such as a medical emergency can cause the operators of vehicles to black out in the moments before the crash). What we do know is that the ATV struck a pole before the driver could retain control again.

The force of the impact with the police caused the 26-year-old passenger to be ejected from her seat, hurling her through the air and onto the ground. The impact caused her to sustain injuries that proved fatal. While she was alive when the paramedics and EMTs first reached the scene, she was declared dead sometime after being transported to a nearby hospital.

The driver also sustained severe injuries and was taken to a hospital in the area. It is believed that he survived the initial crash, but his current condition is not known. It is not clear if either the driver of the passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.


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