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April 5, 2010
Maryland Teen Injured in ATV Incident
Augusta, Maine - A 15-year-old Maryland boy was injured this morning (Monday) when the ATV he was riding flipped on top of him in Alton.
Will Howell, 15, of Berlin, Maryland, was riding an ATV on private property when he came upon a hard left turn and locked the vehicle’s brakes, causing it to flip onto him.
The teen was not wearing a helmet, was left unattended with the vehicle and was riding on private property, according to Game Warden Eric Rudolph. The teen decided to take it for a ride, leaving a house on Bennoch Road in Alton and crossing a roadway onto an ATV trail on land also owned by the homeowner.
According to Rudolph, the teen said a ruffed grouse startled him as it crossed his path, causing him to slam on the brakes.
Mr. Howell traveled to a neighbor’s house, Paul Viera of 4527 Bennoch Road in Hudson, and Mr. Viera brought the teen back to the house where he was staying.
Mr. Howell was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center to be evaluated and treated for possible broken bones and other injuries.
According to Game Wardens, speed was a factor in the incident. The property owner, Robert J. Hudson of Ocean View, Delaware, was summonsed for allowing an unaccompanied person under the age of 16 to operate an ATV.
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