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Victim's death marks third fatal ATV crash in area since June

ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- One man is dead after another ATV crash over the weekend. State troopers are running tests to determine if alcohol was a factor. UPDATE: A passenger he was with has been treated and released from the hospital.

The deadly accident happened early Saturday around the intersection of Cox Road and Bratt Road near McDavid. It marks the third ATV-related fatality in our area since June.

Investigators say Daniel Nelson was driving an ATV northbound on Cox Road. A neighbor says it appeared he lost control of the vehicle while trying to negotiate a turn. The ATV tumbled over several times, ejecting Nelson and his passenger at about 1:20 AM on Saturday.

Nelson was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where he died Wednesday. His passenger,  28 year-old Meggan Percey, was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday morning but was released later that day.

A woman who lives near the crash scene, who chose to remain anonymous, said, "All we saw was him and it didn't look like he had his shirt on."

She said she woke up to the sound of the four-wheeler going by and first responders arriving at the intersection. She says she knew Nelson.

"I went to high school with him," the woman said, "When I was a freshman, he was a senior. He was a good guy from what I understand as a father, he had three kids.  It's extremely tragic and I'm very sorry for the family and his friends and I'm prayin' for 'em."
   
Earlier this month, 17 year-old Cheyenne Glenn was killed in an ATV crash on Oil Plant Road in Jay. Her passenger, a ten year-old girl, was hurt and is expected to be okay.
   
And in June, eleven year-old Wyatt Oglesby, of Baker, was killed while riding on the front cargo rack of an ATV.

This weekend, those who knew Wyatt will host a benefit rodeo and concert at the Bill Barnhill Arena in the young cowboy's name. Proceeds will help raise money for the "Ropin' the Truth" ministry's new arena.

Florida ranks sixth on a list of states with the most ATV-related deaths. There have been about 500 ATV-related fatalities here over the last 30 years.