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ATV crashes claim 2 lives

Published May 17, 2009 9:05 pm

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A Sanpete County man died from injuries he suffered in an ATV crash Saturday near Mount Pleasant.

The man, 50, was driving about 1 mile southwest of Mount Pleasant at about 9:45 p.m. on a dirt road when his ATV rolled, deputies said. Alcohol is believed to be a factor, said Sanpete County sheriff's Sgt. Greg Peterson.

It was the second ATV fatality this weekend in Utah. A 46-year-old Sunset man died in an ATV crash Saturday near Interstate 80 at the Knolls exit. David Barber was driving a Kawasaki side-by-side Teryx at about 8:15 p.m. when he hit a dirt embankment and the ATV went airborne, Tooele County sheriff's deputies said. It landed on its right tires and rolled. Barber died at the scene.

In yet another crash, a 52-year-old Florida man was seriously injured when he was thrown from his ATV Sunday afternoon in Davis County. A group of three men were riding down Farmington Canyon when the man was separated from the group near the top of the canyon, said Davis County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Harper. He apparently lost control of the machine and it rolled several times.

His son-in-law, who was riding nearby, found him in the rocks about 25 feet from the ATV. He called police on his cell phone at about 3:20 p.m., Harper said. The victim was flown to the hospital in serious condition. He was wearing a helmet.

- Erin Alberty and Lindsay Whitehurst