Md. teen injured in Alton ATV crash

Posted April 05, 2010, at 12:45 p.m.

ALTON, Maine — A 15-year-old Maryland boy was injured Monday morning when the ATV he was riding flipped on top of him in Alton, and the property owner was summoned for allowing the youth to operate the ATV.

Will Howell, 15, of Berlin, Md., was riding an ATV on private property when he came upon a hard left turn and locked the vehicle’s brakes, causing it to flip onto him, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries And Wildlife.

The teen was not wearing a helmet, was left unattended with the vehicle and was riding on private property, according to Game Warden Eric Rudolph.

The teen had decided to take the ATV for a ride, leaving a house on Bennoch Road in Alton and crossing a roadway onto an ATV trail on land also owned by the homeowner, Rudolph reported.

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According to Rudolph, the teen said a ruffed grouse startled him as it crossed his path, causing him to slam on the brakes.

The injured Howell made it to Bennoch Road, where neighbor Paul Viera was able to assist the teen.

Howell was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor to be evaluated and treated for possible broken bones and other injuries.

According to game wardens, speed was a factor in the incident. Robert J. Hudson of Ocean View, Del., owner of the property Howell was visiting, was summoned for allowing an unaccompanied person under age 16 to operate an ATV.

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