69-year-old man killed in all-terrain vehicle accident in rural Larimer County


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FORT COLLINS, Colorado — A 69-year-old man was killed when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled backward down an embankment and pinned him in rural Larimer County.

Greg Fairman, an investigator with the county coroner's office, tells the Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/1GrG159 ) that William Anthony Wilkins, who went by Tony, was driving Sunday morning near Lyons to retrieve a water tank that had blown away the previous night. Wilkins drove the ATV down a gully, and as he climbed back toward the top, the vehicle didn't have enough power to crest the ridge.

The 800-pound ATV rolled backward and landed on Wilkins about 30 feet below.

Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Fairman called the crash "just an absolutely horrible, unfortunate accident."

Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com

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