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April 6, 2014

ATV crash ends in serious injury

WEST TERRE HAUTE — A West Terre Haute man was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Vigo County on Saturday, officials said.

According to a release issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Ronald Beck, 49, of West Terre Haute was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital and later to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after sustaining serious injuries from the ATV accident, which occurred near Darwin Road in West Terre Haute.

Authorities said the accident occurred after Beck, the operator, went for a ride on a friend’s ATV on Darwin Road. Beck exited the roadway on the ATV approximately 75 yards from the house, they added.

Witnesses told law enforcement that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, according to DNR, and Beck was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

An investigation is still ongoing. Indiana Conservation Officers encourage the public to wear helmets and proper safety gear before riding an ATV. They also want to remind the public that it is illegal to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating an ATV.

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