One rider died and another was seriously injured in two separate incidents involving all-terrain vehicles.
The deadly crash on River Road on Friday and serious crash on Saturday at the annual White Knuckle event at Brimstone Recreation both involved alcohol, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
According to report filed by Trooper John Carr of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Danielle Kay Stahley, 25, of Saline, MI was killed Friday night when the 2015 Can-AM Maverick she was riding in went over an embankment on River Road and plunged into New River.
The driver of the SXS was identified as Joshua Michael Ward, 26, of East Bend, NC. Ward was traveling west on River Road, when he allegedly failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of his vehicle. The SXS reportedly went over the right shoulder of the road, rolled several times, and ended up on its top at the river's edge. Stahley, who was riding in the passenger seat, was thrown from the vehicle, and the seat she was sitting in was torn away. Ward and Stahley were both wearing their seat belts and helmets. Both had reportedly been drinking. Ward, who was injured in the accident, has reportedly been charged with driving under the influence.
The accident that killed Stahley was one of three that occurred within an hour Friday afternoon, including one on Winona Road and another on River Road.
The second accident occurred on Saturday, again on River Road. Officials reported that 66-year-old Mike C. Brown was driving west on River Road Saturday when he lost control of his ATV and hit a tree stump. He was reportedly ejected from the vehicle in the crash and was taken to UT Medical by LifeStar. His passenger, 57-year-old Debra C. Brown was taken to Pioneer Hospital of Scott for treatment. The report indicates that neither were wearing helmets.
Several other accidents involving ATV riders were reported throughout the afternoon and evening, including one involving a 17-year-old female juvenile that sustained head trauma.
Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts, all-terrain vehicle riders and county music fans come to Scott County for the Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the many events associated with Brimstone Recreation's White Knuckle Event and other riding opportunities.