Man not wearing helmet in ATV accident

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An Arvada man who died Saturday in an all-terrain-vehicle accident south of Steamboat Springs was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor said that Edward Martin Schwegman, 54, was not wearing a helmet when he apparently lost control of the ATV he was driving and hit a tree.

Routt County Coroner Rob-ert Ryg pronounced Schweg-man dead at about 6:15 p.m.

Ryg said Schwegman died from head injuries he sustained in the accident. A toxicology report is pending and should determine whether alcohol played a role in the accident, Ryg said.

Schwegman was driving on Jack Creek Road, on private property off Routt County Road 14, back to the campsite where he and his family were staying. The area is about one mile south of Stagecoach Reservoir.

Schwegman's son, Jed, turn-ed around on the ATV he was driving ahead of his father and saw him hit the tree.

Jed Schwegman was within yelling distance of the campsite and had his mother call for help.

The call was received at 5:39 p.m.

Taylor said he did not think weather was a contributing factor in the accident because it happened before it began raining Saturday night.

Taylor also said Schwegman was traveling less than 25 mph when the accident occurred.

"It was an unfortunate accident, and we are saddened for the family," Taylor said.

--To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com.

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