Teen killed in ATV accident

A 15-year-old died in a Clam Gulch all-terrain vehicle accident Saturday.

According to a Monday Alaska State Troopers report, troopers, Central Emergency Services and Ninilchik EMS personnel responded to an ATV accident just before 12:45 p.m.

Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said Peter Janke, 15, of Clam Gulch, hit a setnet cable anchored to a bluff on Clam Gulch Beach and was thrown from the ATV as a result of the impact.

“He wasn’t wearing a helmet, but, considering the circumstances, I don’t know if that would have mattered,” Peters said.

Peters said the setnet period is short, but these types of recreational accidents do happen and ATV riders should be aware of their surroundings at all times.

“All we can do is encourage people that when you are out and about make sure you know what types of areas you’re recreating in — know if it’s a multi-use area or not,” Peters said.

Janke’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s for an autopsy.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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