Printed on: April 22, 2014

Two killed in separate ATV wrecks

By NATHAN DAVIS
ndavis@postregister.com

Two people are dead following separate all-terrain vehicle rollovers over the weekend in Bingham County.

Bingham County Sheriff Craig T. Rowland said in a news release that the first accident occurred Saturday evening near Brush Creek in the Wolverine area. David Neff, 33, went off the road and his ATV rolled on top of him. Neff died as a result of his injuries. Neff was not wearing a helmet.

Landon Simpson, 5, was a passenger on an ATV that rolled over Sunday evening in Blackfoot. Police refused to release the name of the ATV's driver. Bingham County Chief Deputy, Jeff Gardener said the driver was on a road and lost control of the vehicle while turning at a high speed. The ATV rolled down a steep incline. Neither the driver nor Simpson were wearing helmets.

Though he wouldn't release the name of the driver, Gardener said the ATV was being driven by a male relative.

Simpson was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by Air Idaho Rescue from Bingham Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced deceased at EIRMC.

The driver received minor injuries that did not require medical attention. Gardener said no charges will be filed against the driver.

Rowland reminded riders about the importance of remembering safety precautions.

"The best thing that someone can do to protect themselves, is to wear a helmet," Rowland said. "Even if they're just going a short distance, it's important."