WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, May 10, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A Southern Utah teen has died after an accident on an off-highway vehicle in Washington County.
The accident happened Friday evening, says a statement from the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.
“A Washington County teen is dead following an incident in the Purple Hills area of Warner Valley,” the statement says.
“On the evening of May 7, 14-year-old Zane McQuivey was critically injured after the side-by-side off-highway vehicle he was operating had crashed. It is believed that the vehicle was traveling at slow speeds up a hill when the vehicle attempted a turn and rolled. A 38-year-old male passenger was also injured in the accident.
“At this time, it does not appear that either of the individuals were wearing helmets or seatbelts at the time of the crash.”
First responders from the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, Washington County Search and Rescue, and Hurricane Valley Fire-EMS were dispatched to the area.
“McQuivey was flown to the St. George Regional Hospital via medical helicopter while the other crash victim was transported via ground ambulance,” the statement says.
“Unfortunately, Zane McQuivey later passed away at the hospital due to the injuries sustained in the crash. The other passenger is expected to recover.”
The teen’s family released a statement regarding the incident:
“Zane was a kind and happy 14-year-old boy,” it says. “He was an eighth-grader at Crimson Cliffs Middle School. He will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and community. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support that we have received.
“We are thankful for the Donor Connect program so that Zane is able to continue to help others.”
The incident remains under investigation, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation says, adding the department “extends our condolences to McQuivey’s friends and family. The incident remains under investigation at this time.”