Teen girl dead, two others seriously injured in ATV crash

LEWES, Del. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the crash of a small all-terrain vehicle that left a 16-year-old Delaware girl dead and four other teenage girls injured.

State police said the incident happened about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in Lewes.

Investigators said one of the girls was driving a John Deere Gator on a private asphalt driveway off Robinsonville Road when she tried to negotiate a left curve at a high rate of speed. The ATV began skidding, slid off the driveway and began to overturn, striking a tree.

All of the occupants were ejected from the Gator, which has two front seats and an open utility bed in the rear.

One girl was pronounced dead. Another 16-year-old and a 15-year-old were taken by helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries.

A 17-year-old and a 16-year-old were taken by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries.