Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rankin man dies in ATV accident

Rankin County Sheriff issued the following statement. 

Rankin County Man Dies in ATV Accident

On Saturday evening May 6th, 2017, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) accident in the 200 block of Maple Street in the Monterey Community in Rankin County. Rankin County Deputies along with the Monterey Fire Department, Star Fire Department and Pafford Ambulance Service responded to the scene. 

Once on scene, responders found Polaris side by side recreational vehicle on the side of the road with a male victim lying in the roadway nearby. The 34yoa male had no vital signs and first responders attempted to treat him on scene but were unable to revive him. The victim passed away at the scene. 

Witnesses stated they saw the victim stand up in the back of  the UTV while it was moving and apparently lost balance and fell out of the rear of the UTV. Witnesses stated that the victim landed on his feet but then fell backwards striking his head on the roadway.  

Rankin County Coroner David Ruth responded to the scene and recovered the victim’s body. The accident is currently under investigation by Rankin County Deputies and Rankin County Corner David Ruth.


Anonymous said...

Are these things 'street legal'? 'Standing Up'?

Anonymous said...

No, they're not street legal just as golf carts, 4-wheelers and dirt bikes are not street legal. I feel for the family and all involved.

Parents in my area where I live let their kids, as young as 7 or 8 years old, drive these vehicles on the road. Just this weekend I saw a kid in a jacked up Club Car golf cart with 4 other kids in it blow through a 4-way stop. The kid driving was so young and little he couldnt sit in the seat and drive the thing. He was working the accelerator with one leg while standing on the other. No adult in sight. I asked one of the parents I knew why they let them on the roadway and their response was "where else are they going to ride them?".

Anonymous said...

Prior to the incident, were the words "hold my beer and watch this" uttered?

Anonymous said...

Does the Rankin County Corner make more than the Rankin County Coroner?

John Dough said...

It may happen, but I've never seen a report of a death or serious injury in an ATV/UTV accident unless MULTIPLE safety rules were violated. In this case, we have riding on a public road (very common), standing on the back, and not wearing a helmet. I am familiar with a nearly identical incident in Florida where the guilty party survived a very serious head injury.

If you act stupid, sometimes it leaks out.

Anonymous said...

Last week a child was electrocuted unplugging a ATV.
This week a man riding piggyback on ATV.

Who will be killed next week on ATV?

Anonymous said...

Clearly we must introduce ATV control legislation.

Anonymous said...

What's the difference in an ATV and a UTV? Clearly to man in this report it makes no difference but I just wondered.

All you idiots who react by saying 'it's commonplace' are a very large part of the problem. "Everybody's doin' it momma!"

Anonymous said...

Some golf carts are sold as street legal (certain roads) with a title that states so, but sides by sides and atv are not. Side by sides are safer than tractors going 5 mpm in a 65 zone, but for some reason tractors get a pass.

Anonymous said...

Very strict legislation needs to be passed that allows law enforcement to confiscate the vehicle upon first offense when they are used on public roads and IN SUBDIVISIONS. They are a menace to drivers of vehicles that have license plates. In Mississippi, you cannot buy a license plate for an ATV, UTV, golf cart - so owner should be ticketed, and the driver too if not a minor because these vehicles are not street legal.

Anonymous said...

actually you can buy tag for a golf cart

Anonymous said...

1) Rural Rankin County.
2) Eight PM on a Saturday Night.
3) Off-road Vehicle.

Alcohol was involved or my name ain't Nathan Arizona!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

was alcohol involved

Anonymous said...

You can't buy a license plate for a non-street-legal machine. Maybe 2:21 has one on his tiller as well.

StarRider said...

You can buy street legal golf carts. I see one almost every day, it has a Mississippi license plate on the back.

"The average price for a base unit is around $2,400 or $4,000 for a street legal cart that requires a license plate. “Those average around $7,000 brand new,” he said. Carts that have a VIN — vehicle identification number — and a serial number are considered street legal."

Anonymous said...

This wasn't a golf cart.

John Dough said...

12:53 -

To answer your question, I think the "standard" is that an ATV (all terrain vehicle) is a 3- or 4-wheeler that you ride ON; that is, you straddle it like a motorcycle and it has handlebars and motorcycle-type controls. A UTV (utility vehicle) is a cart that you ride IN, typically side-by-side seating like a golf cart, and it has a steering wheel and pedals like a car. Some companies call them "side by sides."

For example, a Yamaha Grizzly is an ATV. A Yamaha Viking is a UTV.

Anonymous said...

8:20 - If your description is correct, the UTV also has a top, and either a back seat or roll bar behind the driver. How did he manage to stand up? Next you'll suggest he was taking a whiz.

StarRider said...

3:27: The earlier comment said "In Mississippi, you cannot buy a license plate for an ATV, UTV, golf cart". Nobody said the accident occurred on a golf cart. Try to keep up.

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