It's the second fatal accident of its kind in four months. An ATV crash in Allegany County Tuesday night left one person dead and another seriously hurt. YNN’s Mark Goshgarian tells us why State Police believe it's an accident that could have possibly been prevented.
INDEPENDENCE, N.Y. -- State Police in Amity say Jocelyn Saunders, 17, of Genesee, Pennsylvania was killed Tuesday night after being thrown from an ATV. Saunders was a passenger on the ATV, driven by Kyle McPherson, 16, of Andover.
Troopers say McPherson was on Heselton-Gully Road in the town of Independence when he lost control, drove through some brush, and down into a ravine.
McPherson was sent to Strong Hospital in Rochester with head, neck and leg injuries. Saunders was pronounced dead at the scene.
"It’s a dark unlighted roadway. It’s a hill, with a moderate turn to the right, there were some tire marks visible where the ATV went off the roadway," said NYSP Investigator David Forsyth.
Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash, drugs and alcohol were not, and they were not wearing helmets.
"It's a very tragic incident any time of the year, but even closer to the holiday, it’s just heart-wrenching to have to inform these family members of a death and a serious injury," said NYSP Captain Eugene Staniszewski.
This is the second fatal ATV accident in Allegany County this year and State Police are using it as a reminder to others to ride responsibly.
"You should always be wearing your helmet and you should stay off the roadway and certainly do not operate these under the influence of alcohol or drugs," said Staniszewski.
"It’s important to follow the rules of the road, the vehicle you're operating is properly registered, has all the safety equipment including lighting, and that you just be extra careful," said Forsyth.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call State Police at (585) 268-9030.