Sandy man dies in Tollgate ATV crash |

Sandy man dies in Tollgate ATV crash

by Patrick Parkinson, of The Record staff

A 50-year-old Sandy man died when he lost control of an all-terrain vehicle in Tollgate Canyon Saturday afternoon, the authorities said.

Brett Thomas Green died at the scene of the crash, according to Joseph Donnell, a Utah State Parks and Recreation ranger.

A family member called 911, Donnell said.

Green was riding on a gravel road when he lost control of the ATV at about 3:25 p.m., Donnell said.

Donnell said the accident occurred about four miles from the Tollgate Canyon entrance near Interstate 80.

"There were absolutely no witnesses to the accident. So we don’t know what happened," he said in a telephone interview. "His stepson was with him but he was in front. His stepson actually went down the road and stopped at an intersection. When the victim didn’t come to him he went back to the cabin and was at the cabin when they got a cell phone call from the victim."

The victim suffered severe head injuries and a compound fracture to his leg, Donnell said. "When I got on scene he was alive and talking," Donnell said. "But his injuries were just too severe and he didn’t survive."

"He went off the right side of the road and sideswiped an aspen tree," Donnell said. "There was evidence of possibly alcohol, but we cannot stipulate whether or not that was a contributing factor."

Green was not wearing a helmet.

"We always recommend people wear helmets. Just wear it," Donnell said. "You cannot say whether or not the outcome would have been any different but it sure couldn’t hurt."

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