A Little Mountain man was killed in an ATV crash early Sunday on a two-lane road in the Chapin community on the north side of Lake Murray, the S.C. Highway Patrol reported Sunday.
The man was identified as Corey Justin Frick, 22, by Lexington County coroner Earl Wells.
The crash happened around 1 a.m. Sunday on Long Pine Road , said patrol Sgt. Bob Beres.
“What we know at this time is that the all-terrain vehicle was traveling north on Long Pine Road when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree,” Beres said.
The driver was not wearing a helmet, he said. His ATV had four wheels. Some older models have three wheels. Beres did not say how fast the patrol estimates Frick’s vehicle was traveling at the time of impact.
According to a list of safety tips involving ATVs by federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, ATVs are not supposed to be driven on paved roads. Long Pine Road is a paved road.
People riding on ATVs should also always wear a helmet, boots, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, according to the CPSC. All people operating a ATV should take a safety course in how to operate one, the CPSC recommends.
In 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available, an estimated 107,900 people across the country riding on ATVs had injuries serious enough to be taken to hospital emergency rooms, according to the CPSC’s annual report on ATV deaths and injuries.
If those injured, an estimated 26,500 were children, the CPSC estimated.
The crash is under investigation by the coroner’s office and the Highway Patrol.