A woman was killed Saturday night when the all-terrain vehicle in which she was riding flipped over at the Outdoorsman Park ATV Trails and Catfish Pond.
Angela Michelle Burks, 38, of Spencer was in the passenger seat of a 2015 Can-Am side-by-side (off-road vehicle), driven by her husband, Paul Eddie Burks of that same address in Spencer, when it overturned while moving on a steep incline.
Neither was wearing a helmet or seatbelt, the release stated.
The Henry County Department of Public Safety and Ridgeway Rescue Squad attempted life-saving measures, and Angela Burks was transported to Sovah Martinsville, where she was pronounced dead.
Paul Burks was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia performed an external examination Monday and found Angela Burks had been killed by trauma to the chest, abdomen and head, the release stated. The manner of death has been ruled an accident.
She is the daughter of Patricia Ann Estep Shelton and the late Johnny Eugene Shelton, according to her obituary with Norris Funeral Services. The Burks have two children, Kaitlyn Burks and Johnathon Burks.
A memorial service will be scheduled.
The incident remains under investigation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the release stated. Once the investigation is complete, a determination will be made as to what, if any, charges would be applicable.
Dyers Store Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Martin said he was in charge of the scene at the Outdoorsman Park, which is at 480 Lewis Road off Ravenscroft Road in the Dyer’s Store community.
He said the call for help came in at around 9:30 p.m.
“A side-by-side, four-wheeler-type vehicle was going down the hill, and it lost control and rolled over, and there was a fatality,” Martin said.
Martin said he did not see the scene of the accident, because he remained at the command post. The accident was two or three miles off a passable road, he said.
“It was rough terrain to get to them,” he said. “It was well orchestrated by all the agencies who were there together. People who had personal four-wheelers and side-by-sides were helping us take staff and equipment to the location.”
“Volunteer staff from the Outdoorsman Park ATV Trails assisted first responders with traveling into the remote accident scene,” the Sheriff’s Office release stated.
Martin said he was the last to leave the scene, at around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.