RAY COUNTY, Mo. - A 14-year-old girl from Virginia died Tuesday night when she lost control of an ATV and crashed through a fence in Ray County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Marlene J. Eicher, of Rose Hill, Va., was driving the ATV on E. 188th Street at about 7:45 p.m. just east of Dockery Road when she lost control, went off the roadway and through a fence.
The ATV overturned and landed on top of Marlene, the Patrol said in a preliminary crash report.
Marlene was the only person on the ATV. She was not wearing a safety belt, according to the Patrol report. It was unclear if she was wearing a helmet.
According to ATVsafety.gov, at least 13 ATV-related deaths were reported nationwide between March 12 and March 25 of this year. One of the victims was under the age of 16.
For information on ATV safety and more statistics on ATV crashes, you can visit http://www.atvsafety.gov/index.html.