Youth injured in UTV rollover in Berlin, NH

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BERLIN –– A 13-year-old was injured in a single-vehicle utility terrain vehicle (UTV) rollover incident on Success Pond Road Saturday evening, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

At around 7 p.m. on September 9, the department was alerted by state police about the accident, which involved Jason Cabral, 40, of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Cabral was performing doughnuts in a parking area off the road when the vehicle flipped onto its side. While Cabral was unharmed, his young passenger suffered injuries.

A member of Cabral’s riding party immediately dialed in an emergency call, prompting response from the Berlin Police and Fire and EMS personnel.

They arrived at the scene to assist the injured minor and investigate the incident. The youngster was transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin by ambulance for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Following an on-scene investigation by a conservation officer and subsequent interviews at the hospital, Cabral was cited for operating an off-highway recreational vehicle (OHRV) to endanger life or property, as well as for carrying a passenger under 18 who was not wearing a helmet.

Investigations confirmed that neither alcohol nor drug intoxication were factors in the incident.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has taken this incident as an opportunity to remind all operators of the importance of respecting safety laws while on the trails.

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