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Woman Drunk Driving a UTV During Fatal Crash Facing Charges in Lake Wales, Florida

October 30, 2019

LAKE WALES, FL- writes that a woman is facing charges after she crashed a utility task vehicle (UTV) over the weekend tragically killing a man who was her passenger. The driver was operating a Honda 700 Pioneer two-seater UTV on a trail that is part of the River Ranch Resort when the vehicle overturned, killing a 46-year-old man.*

The report indicates that the UTV left the sandy trail that the pair was traveling on and hit a fence. The impact caused the man to be ejected, and the vehicle then crushed him. The driver, identified as a 39-year-old woman, said that she attempted to pull the victim out from under the vehicle but was unsuccessful.

The man died at the scene of the accident. The police say that the woman was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. The police arrested her on DUI charges and transported her to the Polk County Jail. 

UTVs are similar to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), but generally are used for more work or hauling related activities. While ATVs typically carry just one or two people, UTVs often have enough space to seat four. Both of these vehicles are meant to be used on somewhat rugged terrain. UTVs are typically less likely to roll over than ATVs because UTVs have a lower center of gravity. 

While UTVs might be less likely to flip, and while they might appear a lot like a car, they are not as safe as a standard automobile. Unfortunately, some people who choose to operate UTVs may be fooled by the car-like appearance and feel of the vehicle and become overly confident in its abilities or their abilities to drive it. It is important to remember that these vehicles lack the stability and standard safety features of a car. 

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