Identity released of man who died in ATV accident
The state police have released the name of the man who died in an ATV accident on Thursday in Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan County.
Robert H. Stackhouse of Benton, Pa., was driving a 2011 Kawasaki Mule 610XC all-terrain vehicle uphill when the vehicle rolled over, state police said.
The vehicle rolled onto Stackhouse, and he was trapped underneath it, Sullivan County Coroner Wendy Hastings said.
Stackhouse, 69, died as a result of injuries that he sustained in the crash, state police at Laporte said.
The accident occurred at 12:45 p.m. in the woods, approximately two miles from Valley View Lane, off Laporte Avenue, the coroner said.
The ATV "was on very steep terrain (when the accident occurred) ... and it rolled," she said.
"There really wasn't a path" where the accident occurred," the coroner said.
Stackhouse and another man had driven into the woods together on the ATV. The friend had gotten off the vehicle and was walking alone in the woods while Stackhouse continued to ride on the ATV, Hastings said.
Stackhouse's friend, who was 60 yards away when the incident occurred, heard the accident happen, the coroner said.
"He heard the engine quit and then heard (Stackhouse) yelling and went to find him," the coroner said.
The man tried to lift the ATV off of Stackhouse but was unable to, Hastings said.
Stackhouse's friend then hiked out of the woods and summoned help at a location where there was a landline telephone, she said.
The coroner said she did not know if Stackhouse or his friend had a cell phone, but in any case, there was no cell phone service at the location where the accident occurred.
The Laporte and Eagles Mere fire companies assisted in locating Stackhouse, according to the state police at Laporte.
Hastings said she has ruled that Stackhouse's death was an accident. The state police also say that Stackhouse's death was an accident.
Hastings said she pronounced Stackhouse dead at the scene at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
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