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Sonora Man, 81, Dies After ATV Accident On His Property

SONORA (CBS13) — An ATV rider was killed after crashing in Sonora on Tuesday, authorities say.

California Highway Patrol says, a little after 2 p.m., Richard Allen Smith, 81, of Sonora, was riding an ATV on his property. While going up a hill, it appears the ATV stalled and started to roll backward.

Smith tried to turn the ATV, but he was soon ejected and hit a tree. Officers say the ATV also rolled over and landed on top of Smith.

Medics responded to the scene but Smith was soon pronounced dead, authorities say.

Investigators say Smith was not wearing a helmet at the time.

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