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Wisconsin ATV/UTV fatality summary - 2017

Last updated October 18, 2017

# Date/Time County/Town City Location/Activity No.# of Vehicles Involved/Cause/Incident Factors ATV/UTV Vehicle CC/Estimated Speed Age/Gender/Residency Safety Certification/Experience (Hours) Helmet/Seatbelt Alcohol Involved/BAC
1.
3/17/2017 2:33PM Douglas Co. Oakland Road (Route) / Recreational 1 / Ejected / Speed, Alcohol ATV 350CC / 35MPH 28 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / NA Yes / NA
On 3/17/17 the victim was travelling at a high rate of speed when he swerved in the road/route towards the ditch and was ejected. Victim passed from his injuries on 3/19/17.
2.
3/18/2017 7:22PM Sawyer Co. Sand Lake Frozen Lake Recreational / Fishing 1 / Broke though Ice / Unsafe Ice Conditions ATV 330CC / 30MPH 68 / M / IL No / Over 100 Hours No / NA Not Observed / NA
Victim was travelling across frozen lake and broke through ice.
3.
3/21/2017 3:26PM Rusk Co. Hubbard Road (Route) / Recreational 1 / Roll Over / Alcohol, Operator Error ATV 450CC / Unknown 62 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / NA Yes / .050
Victim turned sharply while operating on a road/route causing the ATV to roll over several times.
4.
4/20/2017 8:00PM Marathon Co. Weston Private Property / Farming 1 / Roll Over / Operator Error ATV 350CC / Unknown 83 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / NA No / NA
Victim was using the ATV to herd cattle into a pasture, when he didn't return to the house his wife went looking for him, he was found behind the barn with ATV on top of him.
5.
5/28/2017 4:37PM Forest Co. Wabeno Township Road (Route) / Recreational 1 / Collision with a Fixed Object / Speed ATV 500CC / 35MPH 53 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours Yes / NA No / .000
Victim failed to negotiate a curve on the trail and struck a tree.
6.
6/05/2017 8:00PM Columbia Co. Ft. Winnebago Private Property / Pending 1 / Fell from ATV / Pending ATV 700CC / Pending 4 / M / WI Pending / Pending No / NA Pending / Pending
Victim was a passenger riding on the back of an ATV towing a dual axle sprayer tank and fell off.
7.
6/10/2017 5:24PM Lafayette Co. Fayette Road (Route) / Recreational 1 / Roll Over / Speed, Alcohol UTV 900CC / 70MPH 27 / M / IL No / Over 100 Hours No / No Yes / .270
Victim attempted to navigate a curve in roadway and lost control causing the UTV to roll over ejecting the victim.
8.
6/11/2017 9:45PM Price Co. Flambeau Township Road (Route) / Recreational 1 / Collision with a Deer; Roll Over / Speed, Alcohol ATV 550CC / Unknown 59 / M / WI No / Unknown No / NA Yes / .112
Victim was travelling in the center of road and hit a deer causing the ATV to roll over.
9.
7/04/2017 1:22AM Shawano Co. Aniwa Private Property / Recreational 1 / Roll Over / Terrain; Alcohol ATV 300CC / 5MPH 19 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / NA Yes / Pending
Victim and passenger were attempting to drive up a steep incline when the ATV rolled over.
10.
7/06/2017 4:00PM Forest Co. Lincoln Road (Not a Route) / Recreational 1 / Struck by OHV / Speed; Operating in Center of Roadway During Turn; Drugs; Pending ATV 500CC / 40MPH 18 / M / WI No / 0-100 Hours No / NA Pending / Pending
Victim collided head-on with another OHV on a public roadway. Both OHVs were negotiating a curve and were close to the centerline.
11.
7/12/2017 11:32AM Columbia Co. Wyocena Road (Not a Route) / Recreational 1 / Roll Over / Illegal Operation on Roadway ATV 300CC / 25MPH 15 / F / WI No / 0-100 Hours No / NA NA / NA
Victim and ATV left the roadway and down into a ditch where the ATV rolled over.
12.
7/16/2017 11:28AM Dane Co. Primrose Road (Not a Route) / Recreational 1 / Collision with Moving Vehicle / Speed, Pending ATV 195CC / 50MPH 17 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / NA Pending / Pending
The victim was operating an ATV on a county highway when he pulled into the path of a motor vehicle that was attempting to pass him.
13.
7/22/2017 11:28AM Ozaukee Co. Fredonia Private Property / Recreational 1 / Roll Over / Alcohol, Slow Reaction Time ATV 300CC / Unknown 54 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / NA Yes / Pending
The victim was operating an ATV on a mowed grass trail; attempted to turn onto a dirt driveway and ended up rolling his ATV.
14.
7/24/2017 11:28AM Iron Co. Mercer Road (Route) / Recreational 1 / Collision with Moving Vehicle / Failure to Yield, Alcohol UTV 550CC / 10MPH 90 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / No Yes / .122
The victim was attempting to cross a US Hwy when he was struck by a vehicle.
15. & 16.
8/11/2017 2:00AM Marinette Co. Silver Cliff Road / Recreational 1 / Collision with Fixed Object / Alcohol; Speed ATV 650CC / Unknown 37; 35 / M; M / WI; WI No / Over 100 Hours No / NA Yes / .206; .204
Operator, with passenger, continued straight through a T intersection and struck a tree.
17.
8/20/2017 6:21PM Marinette Co. Niagra Road (Not a Route) / Recreational 1 / Collision with Fixed Object / Operator size; unable to control machine / Speed ATV 695CC / 30MPH 8 / F / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / NA No / No
Operator lost control and struck a tree while turning off a road onto private property. The passenger was ejected and sustained fatal injuries.
18.
8/29/2017 6:06PM Douglas Co. Maple Public Trail / Recreational 1 / Collision with Fixed Object / Alcohol; Operator Error UTV 875CC / 25MPH 62 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / No Yes / Pending
Operator went off trail and struck a fixed object on 8/29/17 and later passed from his injuries.
19.
9/03/2017 7:26PM Adams Co. Monroe Road (Route) / Recreational 1 / Roll Over / Operator Error ATV 500CC / 25MPH 59 / M / IL No / Unknown No / NA Unknown / Unknown
Operator was travelling on a road/route; turned around and came back and waved to a pedestrian causing him to lose control of the ATV and rolling it. Victim passed from his injuries on 10/02/17.
20.
9/16/2017 9:30PM Forest Co. Popple River Public Trail / Recreational 1 / Roll Over / Alcohol, Drugs ATV 549CC / Unknown 47 / M / WI No / Unknown No / NA Yes / .08
A witness in the group of 3 heard a crash and observed the victim and ATV lying in the trail with the ATV rolled over.
21.
9/18/2017 1:25PM Richland Co. Richwood Private Property / Agricultural 1 / Struck by UTV / Operator Error UTV 900CC / Unknown 78 / F / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / No No / NA
Operator hit the gas pedal instead of brake and struck a pedestrian behind the UTV.
22.
9/24/2017 2:26PM Polk Co. Georgetown Road (Route) / Recreational 1 / Roll Over / Loss of Control ATV 550CC / 30MPH 83 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours No / No Unknown / Unknown
Operator began sliding sideways along the shoulder of the road before the ATV overturned. Operator suffered serious head injuries and passed from those injuries on October 5th.
23.
9/29/2017 8:53PM Florence Co. Long Lake Road (Not a Route) / Recreational 1 / Struck a Fixed Object / Operator Error; Speed ATV 850CC / 30MPH 21 / F / WI No / 0-100 Hours No / No Pending / Pending
Operator with passenger failed to negotiate a curve in the road and continued into the woods striking several trees. The operator sustained fatal injuries and the passenger survived.
24.
10/13/2017 7:30PM Douglas Co. Brule Road (Route) / Recreational 1 / Struck a Fixed Object / Speed; Alcohol; Pending ATV 650CC / Pending 40 / F / MN No / Pending No / No Pending / Pending
Operator failed to negotiate a turn in the road and left the roadway striking a telephone pole.
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