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Scott Allen Wolverton, 31, died in a San Diego County ATV crash after he lost control of his all-terrain vehicle on a private road, according to a 10news report. Wolverton was driving a 2004 Polaris Ranger off-road vehicle, west on Eagle Gap Road off Mesa Grande Road near State Route 76 when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of his ATV and drove over the edge of the road. The ATV rolled over and landed on top of Wolverton, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office. The ATV crash occurred the night of April 17, 2009. A passer by, who saw the personal injury accident apparently reported it to authorities.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Scott Allen Wolverton for their tragic loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Wolverton. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) ATV accident statistics, there were 750 fatalities and 146,600 injuries relating to ATV crashes in the United States in 2006. Those numbers were only 517 and 110,000 in 2001. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of ATV accident deaths and injuries in just five years and that may be largely attributed to the increasing popularity of all-terrain and off-road vehicles, especially in California where we have year-round good weather.
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A 12-year-old boy who died after losing control of an all-terrain vehicle and crashing into a wall in National City has been identified as Julio Lizarraga of San Diego. According to this news report, Julio was riding an ATV the afternoon of February 21, 2009 when he lost control and crashed into a wall. No other details such as the make or brand of the ATV were available. Julio apparently lived with his mother in the Encanto area, but it is not clear whether he was supervised or with friends at the time of the ATV accident. According to the San Bernardino County Medical Examiner’s office, Julio died at an area hospital from multiple blunt force injuries.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of young Julio Lizarraga for their tragic loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this boy. Please keep them in your prayers.

There are several unanswered questions here? What type of all-terrain vehicle was Julio riding? It appears that he was the driver, but was he wearing safety gear, specifically a helmet? How did he lose control of the ATV? Was there an adult supervising him? Was he left in the care of an adult? The answers to these questions will help determine what caused this tragic San Bernardino ATV accident.
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A San Bernardino County all terrain vehicle crash near Barstow on October 11, 2008 has killed David Mohler of Santa Ana, The Orange County Register reports. Mohler, 38, died after his ATV collided with another vehicle in an area north of the Interstate 15 and close to Outlet Center Drive. Mohler was flown to an area hospital where he died hours after the accident. California Highway Patrol officials are currently investigating this 10/11/2008 accident.

My heart goes out to the family of David Mohler, who are probably grappling with a lot of questions. The details provided in this news report are sketchy. What kind of ATV was Mohler riding? Did he lose control because of a mechanical malfunction? What vehicle did he crash into? Was the other driver at fault? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that was a factor in this crash? Mohler’s family deserves answers. They have suffered a tragic, irreparable loss.
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