Fa­tal col­li­sion

RCMP says speed fac­tor in ATV rider strik­ing tree

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

A po­lice of­fi­cer says a fa­tal ATV col­li­sion re­sulted from “a bad com­bi­na­tion’’ of ac­tions by the driver.

The Guardian has learned that Der­ryl MacDougall, 49, of Charlottetown died at the scene of a one-ve­hi­cle crash Satur­day at about 7:30 p.m. de­spite at­tempts by po­lice and Is­land EMS staff to re­sus­ci­tate the man.

MacDougall, who worked for Parks Canada, was op­er­at­ing his all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle on a long dirt lane near his friend’s home in Wheat­ley River.

RCMP Cpl. Scott Gosse says the rider struck a large tree af­ter fail­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a turn in the drive­way.

“It’s an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent,’’ says Gosse.

“He ob­vi­ously was go­ing too fast and pos­si­bly drink­ing and not wear­ing a hel­met – a bad com­bi­na­tion.’’

Gosse notes wear­ing a hel­met is manda­tory when op­er­at­ing an ATV.

“The first line of safety is to have a hel­met on,’’ he says.

He adds that op­er­at­ing an all­ter­rain ve­hi­cle re­spon­si­bly in­cludes main­tain­ing a safe speed for the en­vi­ron­ment and driv­ing sober.

The RCMP is con­tin­u­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fa­tal­ity.

Hen­nessey Cut­cliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home is han­dling funeral ar­range­ments.

Vis­it­ing hours will be held on Wed­nes­day, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

The funeral ser­vice will be held on Thurs­day at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Der­ryl MacDougall, shown in a photo from his Face­book page, died as the re­sult of an ATV crash on Satur­day, July 29.

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