One teenager killed, two injured, in UTV crash, fire officials aiming for UTV safety course

Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 10:12 AM EDT
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NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - One teenager has died while two others were injured after the UTV they were riding on wrecked Sunday evening.

It happened in the Leivasy area, right near the town of Nettie just after 7 p.m. Nicholas County deputies said a 14-year-old girl was the passenger in the middle of two other teenagers on the UTV while they were riding it around the victim’s yard. The driver lost control and rolled the vehicle, which is when the victim was thrown from it.

“In this area, it’s a tight knit community and it makes it really hard,” Nettie Fire Department Chief Steve Davis said. “Some of my guys were family members (to the victim) so it makes it hard.”

Davis said they had another call about a second UTV wreck while responding to this one on Sunday.

“In the summertime we have a few accidents with ATV’s, not a significant amount but it’s enough to really have some discussion about,” Davis said.

Davis is hoping to bring the community together for a special UTV safety course in hopes of educating riders.

“I just feel maybe it’s time we step up and try to help others to keep this from happening again,” he said, “Keep this family in your thoughts because, it’s going to be a rough time.”

The other two teenagers had minor injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s department.

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