There has been an update in the story of the Dayton, Nevada resident struck and killed on Highway 50 at Mark Twain Avenue after he exited his Bombardier ATV.
Initial reports believed that two vehicles struck 63-year-old John Jones at 7:43 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. However, the Nevada Highway Patrol is now investigating that another vehicle initially hit Jones, and then fled the scene, according to news reports.
Jones, for an unknown reason, got off the ATV on Highway 50 East. He left the ATV unattended in the left lane and was in the far-right travel lane when he was hit by the two vehicles. Both drivers stopped and remained on the scene. They are cooperating with authorities.
Police are searching for additional witnesses to the incident.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the victim’s family.
While this is an unusual ATV fatality, ATV deaths have increased “threefold” on public roads over the last 25 years due to increased ATV sales.
In 2018, there were 300 ATV fatalities in the US with the overwhelming majority being the driver at 84 percent. Passengers accounted for 24 percent of the deaths. Most of the deaths were males, while just 15 percent were females.
Nevada reported two ATV deaths in 2018.In a three-year reporting period, between 2015 and 2017, Nevada had 21 ATV fatalities. In that same reporting period neighboring states didn’t fare as well: California reported 62 and Idaho had 31. Utah came in lower at 15 reported ATV deaths in that three-year period.