A 56-year-old tourist was killed in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle Thursday evening near Fremont, according to a news release from Fish and Game.
The victim was identified as Dulce Compres-Nunez of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Fish and Game said she was a passenger on an ATV driven by 23-year-old Yefrey Perez of Methuen, Mass. Perez lost control and struck a tree. Both riders were wearing helmets. Perez suffered minor injuries.
The accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. the Rockingham Recreational Trail near South Road in Fremont.
The plan to open some streets in Coos County to all-terrain vehicles as part of the “Ride the Wilds” network is being greeted with dismay by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, says Carl Purvis, an agency spokesman.
“It is much better to ride that ATV on terrain it was designed for as opposed to taking it onto a paved road,” Purvis said.
Purvis said ATVs were engineered for dirt and riders can have handling problems on pavement. They can also be struck by cars.