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Winchester teen breaks leg in ATV crash, no charges

WINCHESTER — A teenage girl suffered a broken leg after falling off an ATV coming down Fenton Hill Road Sunday evening.

Police responded to the Ashuelot covered bridge around 7:25 p.m. on Sunday, Winchester police Sgt. Mike Tollett said.

Ashley Pickford, 17, of Winchester was riding her father’s ATV by herself down Fenton Hill Road when she crashed, he said.

Fenton Hill Road is a paved road, fairly steep and posted at 20 miles per hour, Tollett said.

Approaching Route 119, “she realized she wasn’t going to be able to stop so she hit the dirt, which had a rise to it and hit a rough patch and, boom, fell off the ATV. It flipped over causing her to go flying off. … Her helmet came off when she hit the pavement and she suffered a broken leg,” said Tollett.

Due to the severity of the break in her leg she was flown up to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

She has since been released, Tollett said.

Excessive speed and most likely inexperience played a factor, Tollett said.

“Obviously we recommend people don’t ride OHRVs on the road. They are not meant for the road,” Tollett said. “Because of the tires they are not made for pavement, so it’s not going to do what a car would do.”

She was riding an off-highway recreational vehicle on a public roadway “so she could be sited for that,” Tollett said, however, “the investigating officer is not going to be charging anyone. … Basically she’s suffered enough punishment at this point.”


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