ST. GEORGE, Utah, Dec. 25, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — A Southern Utah man has died after crashing his modified tricycle on a trail outside St. George.
According to Washington City Fire Chief Brent Hafen, 20-year-old Zachary Lusk was riding on a steep incline near an area known as Hell Hole on Wednesday afternoon when he lost control of the tricycle and was thrown to the ground, suffering a traumatic head injury.
First responders found Lusk unconscious at the scene of the accident sometime after 5:30 p.m. but were unable to revive him.
Chief Hafen told the St. George Spectrum that riding modified trail trikes was becoming popular, but has an inherent danger.
“It allows them to power slide,” Hafen told The Spectrum, but “there’s no braking system other than dragging your feet.”
Lusk was a 2013 graduate of Pine View High School and had a passion for public service.
He was slated to work as an intern for Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis, and was also an associate producer for the politician’s talk show “Utah Progressives,” which airs on a Salt Lake City TV station.
Dabakis responded to Lusk’s passing on social media, writing, “RIP dear Zachary Lusk, forever 20. I have never met a finer young man.”