1 person dead in incident at Stony Lonesome OHV Park


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Updated 2-24-18 10:09 p.m.

BREMEN – One person has been killed in an incident at Stony Lonesome OHV Park, confirmed Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick said the person, only identified as a 21-year-old female, died at the scene.

According to Cullman County Commissioner Kerry Watson, the incident involved some sort of RZR off-road vehicle that rolled, ejecting the victim.

Cullman County Attorney Chad Floyd issued the following statement:

"It is with heavy hearts that the Cullman County Commission and the staff of the Stony Lonesome OHV Park must report that one of our patrons lost their life today in an unfortunate trail riding accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the individual involved in this terrible tragedy. The Park will remain closed through at least Wednesday, February 28, 2018."

“It happened within minutes of the park closing, I think they were probably on their way back to check out,” said Doug Davenport, Cullman County Parks and Recreation director.

Davenport said the wreck occurred on a hill on one of the designated trails. He said the vehicle involved was a RZR 900. The victim was a passenger. The driver was not hurt.

According to Davenport, where the wreck happened, “It doesn’t look like speed or anything would be a factor.”

“It’s a tragic event. There wasn’t a race.”

According to Davenport, it appears the victim was not wearing a seat belt.

“We’ve got a great bunch of people up there. It affects them. It affects them personally. They just talked to his person checking them in," said Davenport. "They’re taking it pretty tough."

This death is the third at the park in less than a year. Back on April 22, 2017, Lawrence Richey, 34, of Smiths Grove, Kentucky and Erin Duncan, 22, of Elkins, Arkansas were killed as the result of an ATV crash.

Stony Lonesome is located at 10075 Alabama Highway 69 South in Bremen.

This is a developing story. More details will be released as they become available.

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