June 25, 2018
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Man who died pushing ATV Tuesday identified by game wardens

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

WATERBORO, Maine — The Maine Warden Service on Wednesday afternoon released the name of the 47-year-old man who died Tuesday pushing his ATV out of the mud in Waterboro.

Dennis Hayward of North Berwick died of what a warden service statement described as “a medical event” at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday while helping two friends push the ATV, according to game wardens Wednesday.

The state medical examiner’s office is planning to conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, the warden service announced Wednesday.

Hayward was allegedly operating a Polaris RZR all-terrain vehicle, which can accommodate two passengers, on Waterboro trails near Old Alfred Road when the ATV became stuck in the mud, game wardens said.

Hayward and friends Kelvin Gilpatrick and Edward Boston tried to push the vehicle free, and Hayward died during that effort, the warden service stated.

Maine Game Warden Eric Blanchard was identified in the service announcement as the primary investigating officer, while Warden Sergeant Tim Spahr was credited with assisting on the case. The York County Sheriff’s Office and Waterboro Fire and Rescue Department were also at the scene, according to the warden service.

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