RCMP says speed factor in ATV rider striking tree
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.
Derryl MacDougall, shown in a photo from his Facebook page, died as the result of an ATV crash on Saturday, July 29.