Tulare man dies in rollover ATV accident

CHP officers respond to a fatal crash on Thanksgiving that killed an ATV rider

TULARE COUNTY – Some California Highway Patrol officers were on duty for Thanksgiving last week, and responded to a single fatality.

According to a CHP collision report, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Visalia Area Office responded to a call of a traffic collision involving a rider who crashed his All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). It was determined to be a fatal collision involving a solo ATV with a solo rider. A 40-year-old male out of Tulare was driving a 2002 Honda ATV, on a private dirt road, north of State Route 137 and east of Road 152, traveling in a southerly direction.

For reasons yet to be determined, the rider was unable to maintain control of his ATV as he traversed a left curve and allowed it to run off the road to his immediate right. After running off the road, the ATV traveled down a dirt embankment into a dry canal. As a result, the rider sustained fatal injuries.

The rider was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor and the investigation is ongoing.

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