(BASS LAKE) – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) crash that resulted in the death of the passenger and injuries to the operator.
Sunday, at 5:52 p.m., Conservation Officers were called to the area of State Road 10 near the Bass Lake Beach for a serious ORV accident involving injuries.
Shortly upon arrival, the passenger, 39-year-old Misty Staton, of Knox, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The operator, 38-year-old Dalton Minix, of Knox, was transported to the Starke County Hospital with a head injury.
Witnesses reported observing the side-by-side style ORV was traveling southbound on State Road 10 when it failed to negotiate a turn at a high rate of speed. The ORV left the roadway, rolled, and both occupants were ejected.
Neither occupants were wearing a helmet or utilizing the vehicle’s seatbelts at the time of the crash.
The investigation is ongoing and impairment of alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor. Once completed, all findings will be forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office.
Indiana Conservation Officers remind Hoosiers that ORV traffic is prohibited on Indiana state highways.
For more information on ORV safety, see offroad-ed.com/indiana