Teen dies in ATV crash

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2006

A 16-year-old died Friday after his all terrain vehicle crashed into a large gate blocking road access.

Holden Hollenberg of Soldotna and another youth were driving on a gravel utility access road between Lawton Drive and Beaver Loop Road when the accident happened sometime before 12:30 a.m.

Hollenberg and his companion had already driven around one gate blocking access on the gravel road and were approaching a second when Hollenberg accelerated, leaving his companion behind and crashing into the second gate, a swinging gate made of metal pipes.

Kenai police and the Kenai Fire Department responded to the accident after a call from an acquaintance of Hollenberg's reporting the accident at about 12:30 a.m.

Hollenberg was found within a few feet of the gate and a Kenai Fire Department ambulance took him to the Central Peninsula General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"It is likely he had some pretty severe internal injuries," said Lieutenant Kim Wannamaker.

Wannamaker said he did not know how much time passed between the accident and the time it was reported. Preliminary reports suggest speed may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

"Preliminary investigations show he was driving very fast," Wannamaker said.

Kenai police continue to investigate the accident.

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