August 12, 2013


Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Warden Service

--For Immediate Release--

CARTHAGE, MAINE: Sunday evening (August 11) just after 8:00 PM, game wardens responded to Smith Road in Carthage regarding a fatal ATV incident. Tyla J. Thibodeau, age 15, from Carthage was staying with friends and was killed while operating a small, motorized, two-wheel dirt bike/mini bike. Motorized dirt bikes/mini bikes are considered ATV?s by Maine standards. Thibodeau was carrying a coil of rope while riding the machine and the rope became entangled in the rear wheel. Thibodeau then became entangled in the rope as well. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. The body was transported to Meador and Son Funeral Home in Rumford for examination by the Medical Examiner?s Office to determine cause of death. The cause of death will be released as soon as it becomes available. This case is currently being reviewed by the Franklin County District Attorney?s Office and remains under investigation by the Maine Warden Service.

No further information is available at this time.

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