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Victim in fatal ATV crash identified

Man killed after flipping four-wheeler early Sunday; alcohol possibly a factor

By Alex Bridges-abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Authorities have identified the Frederick County man killed in a four-wheeler crash early Sunday morning.

Mark Wayne McInturff, 47, of the 100 block of Geronimo Trail, Shawneeland, died as a result of injuries from the single-vehicle crash, which happened sometime between 2:15 and 5 a.m. Sunday, according to Maj. Robert "Robbie" Eckman, of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

McInturff had been at a nearby neighbor's residence. He then left the house to go home and bring back more refreshments, Eckman said Monday. McInturff left riding a 2003 Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicle just before 2 a.m. McInturff did not return.

"The neighbor ... before [McInturff] left, remembered hearing a four-wheeler racing fast like a vehicle and not being shifted," Eckman said. "Then he heard it stop so that may have been when the accident occurred."

A nursing assistant who lives nearby spotted the ATV shortly before 5 a.m. while driving to work, Eckman said.

The woman saw McInturff pinned under the vehicle laying face down, Eckman said.
A crew from North Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company responded to the scene, but emergency workers determined McInturff was deceased, Eckman said.

Alcohol "could be a factor" in the crash though investigators won't know for certain or how much he had in his system, if any, at the time of crash until they receive the results of a toxicology report from a medical examiner, according to Eckman.

The preliminary results of an autopsy to show McInturff's cause of death were not yet available, but Eckman said the rider appears to have suffered some broken bones, severe trauma and possible asphyxiation as a result of his body bearing the weight of the vehicle.

The matter remains under investigation, including whether another vehicle driving near McInturff may have been involved or caused the crash, Eckman said.

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