One Man's Alaska

Wailla teenager dies in ATV accident

July 20, 2010

One thing I haven't written about in a long time is the large number of ATVs that people -- mostly children -- ride in Alaska. Along the sides of most roads in Alaska, there are dirt roads, and kids ride ATVs and dirt bikes all the time. They drive fast, pop wheelies, jump over driveways. At first it's quite a novelty, and then it becomes just another fact of life about living here.

Unfortunately accidents also happen, and I just read this story in the Anchorage Daily News about a young girl who was killed in Wasilla in an ATV accident this week. She was 17 years old, and wasn't wearing a helmet.

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