ATV accident kills 1

Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2005

A 25-year-old Ninilchik woman died Tuesday evening after falling off the back of a four-wheeler and going through the ice on the Ninilchik River.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Roxanne Herndon, was riding with Wesley Shandy, 39, also of Ninilchik, when the all-terrain vehicle went off the edge of a bluff and into the river.

Herndon reportedly went through the ice near the mouth of the river and could not be found.

Emergency responders from Ninilchik Fire and Ambulance were called at 7:56 p.m., and found Herndon about 15 minutes later, face down in the river.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation attempts were started and continued for more than one hour as Herndon was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital.

She was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.

A 68-year-old woman also was taken to CPGH after complaining of chest pains while running to call 911 about the ATV accident. She was treated and released, according to Central Emergency Services, which also responded to the accident.

Trooper spokesperson Greg Wilkinson said Shandy tested positive for alcohol and was arrested for violation of conditions of probation on an unrelated theft charge.

He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Wilkinson said it was unknown if Herndon had been drinking, and said neither she nor Shandy had been wearing helmets.

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