Four hurt in three separate ATV rollovers; all those injured not wearing helmets, officials say
Two separate ATV rollover accidents in less than 24 hours in Stewartstown sent three people - two from New Hampshire and one from Massachusetts — to the hospital over the weekend. In Sandown, another ATV rollover also resulted in serious injuries to the operator.
In all cases, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said those hurt were not wearing helmets.
In Stewartstown, two men in their 20s were ejected from their vehicle in a Sunday afternoon accident. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said in a press release that Ryan Paris, 23, and Nicolas Gamache, 22, both of Goffstown, were on a Polaris four-wheeler and riding beside another ATV on Ridge Road around 5:30 p.m. when they saw another ATV heading in the opposite direction in a blind corner.
Paris, the operator, hit his brakes to avoid a head-on collision, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, which rolled over, according to Fish and Game.
Gamache, a passenger on the ATV, was treated for various lacerations and released from Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, while Paris was transported from Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin further treatment for non-life threatening injuries, according to Fish and Game. Both men were taken to the hospital by private vehicle.
”Both Paris and Gamache where not wearing helmets and Fish and Game Conservation Officers issued summons to Paris for operating an unregistered OHRV and unreasonable speed,” a press release said.
Saturday night Stewartstown crash
On Saturday night, Fish and Game said a Massachusetts man was seriously injured when the ATV he was driving rolled over and pinned him underneath.
Conservation officers say Louis Parisi Jr, 46, of Hopkinton, Mass., lost control of the ATV on Haynes Road around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. A male passenger who was thrown from the ATV was not injured.
Fish and Game said in a release Sunday that Parisi, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, then transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for additional treatment.
Mass. man seriously hurt in Sunday Sandown accident
Fish and Game also said that another Massachusetts man was seriously injured in a rollover on a Sandown trail on Sunday afternoon.
A press release said that Jeffrey Ellis, 43, of Natick, Mass., was riding on the Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail around 4 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, which then rolled over.
Fish and Game said Ellis was ejected from the machine and landed on the trail, sustaining serious injuries, while his ATV went off the trail “and struck a large pine tree.”
A friend riding with Ellis on another machine helped him, as did four people walking on the trail nearby, calling 911, according to Fish and Game. Ellis was taken to Exeter Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. The accident is under investigation.
As in the case of those injured in the prior accidents, Ellis was not wearing a helmet, according to Fish and Game.
“This is a good reminder for all riders to always where a helmet and eye protection, and to use due care and caution at all times when riding their machines,” Fish and Game said in a release.