Two Youths Injured in Separate OHRV Accidents in N.H. during Weekend
Henniker OHRV Crash Injures Youth
CO Delayne Brown: 603-271-3127 or Captain John Wimsatt: 603-271-3129
July 14, 2014
HENNIKER, N.H. -- On the afternoon of July 14, 2014, personnel from the Henniker Police Department, Henniker Rescue Department, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department were called to Quaker Street in the Town of Henniker to investigate an off highway recreational vehicle (OHRV) crash on the right-of-way. A 14 year old male was transported to Concord Hospital to be treated for a head injury sustained when the ATV he was operating rolled over on the pavement and into the ditch. Quaker Street is a public way in the Town of Henniker and not open to use by all-terrain vehicles. The crash is currently being investigated by the Henniker Police Department and the N.H. Fish and Game Department.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator was alone on an unregistered ATV when he lost control, possibly due to speed, and rolled the machine. Additionally, a helmet was found at the scene, but was not on or properly fastened to the operator during the crash.
Conservation Officers urge parents to enroll their children in an OHRV Safety Education Course offered by the N.H. Fish and Game Department and its volunteer instructors. "Accidents such as this can be avoided," said Fish and Game Conservation Officer Delayne Brown. "Operating an OHRV on an unapproved public way with motor vehicles is dangerous and illegal."
Youth Injured in Gorham UTV Accident
CO Matthew Holmes: 603-788-4850 or Capt. John Wimsatt: 603-271-3129
July 15, 2014
LANCASTER, N.H. -- Shortly before 5:00 PM on the afternoon of Sunday, July 13, emergency response crews from Gorham converged on the scene of a UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) that had rolled over a bank along the Moose River.
Gorham Fire and EMS, Gorham Police, and a Conservation Officer from the N.H. Fish and Game Department all responded to the scene. There they located Jarrod Byrd of Gorham, NH, and two youth passengers. One of the passengers, a 10-year-old girl, had sustained a cut during the crash and was taken by ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin for further evaluation and treatment. Byrd (the operator) and the other youth passenger were found to be uninjured. The location of the accident scene is not on an approved trail system and none of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing helmets.
A NH Fish and Game Conservation Officer is investigating this crash and charges are pending against the operator.