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Caledon girl, 12, dies in ATV collision

Posted on 24 August 2015
A 12-year-old Caledon girl was killed Sunday after the ATV she was riding rolled on top of her in cottage country.

OPP Provincial Const. Louise Maki says the girl was riding on a seasonal road known for ATV and snowmobile use in the area of Fisher Creek Road near Selina Drive south of the village of Sprucedale when the accident happened at 11:15 a.m.

Jessica Coupland, 12, of Caledon, was taken to hospital by Muskoka Emergency Medical Services (EMS) where she was pronounced deceased.

"She had passed a pedestrian on the road and then did a shoulder check to make sure her family was still behind her, and when she did that shoulder check that's when she ended up in the ditch," said Maki, adding speed was not a factor and the girl was wearing a helmet.

According to Maki, part of the investigation will look into whether the road the accident took place on fell under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

You must be 16 years of age with a valid driver's license to operate an ATV, while on non controlled HTA roads, drivers must be at least 12 years of age.

Tags: Tyler Massey Law | Ontario Off Road Vehicle Act | ATV Laws

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