Florida woman dies in ATV accident in the Uintas
June 16, 2015
A 33-year-old Florida woman died this weekend from injuries she sustained during an ATV accident in the Uintas.
According to Utah State Park officials, Heather McClendon Dey, 33, of Florida, suffered internal injuries after the ATV she was driving on the North Slope of the Uintas, in the area known as Manorlands, rolled. Lt. Eric Stucki, with the Utah State Park, said the accident occurred right before noon on Saturday.
Dey was riding with her fiancé, though he wasn’t on the same ATV, along State Road 150. Stucki had few details about the accident and how it occurred.
"The area has a lot of rocky trails, but it’s unclear how she rolled it," Stucki said. "At this time, we are calling it an accident."
Dey wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor, but the investigation is ongoing, Stucki said.
He said contact has been made with the family, but no formal statement has been issued.
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Under Utah state law, anyone younger than 18 riding an all-terrain vehicle must wear a helmet. Operators must also possess a valid driver’s license or an education certificate specific to ATVs.
Since ATVs are considered motor vehicles, penalties for driving under the influence do apply.
"We just want to remind the pubic that we know there are going to be a lot of opportunities to recreate so have fun, but please wear your helmet," Stucki said.
For more information about riding ATVs in state parks, go to http://stateparks.utah.gov/resources/off-highway-vehicles/ .