Tuesday October 16, 2012

HINSDALE, N.H. -- A 14-year-old girl from Bennington, Vt., is being treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon after being seriously injured when the all-terrain vehicle she was driving was struck by a trail bike on Saturday.

According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, conservation officers responded to the Hinsdale Campground at Thicket Hill at approximately 2:53 p.m. They learned the girl had been operating an ATV on the trail when Michael Binney, 52, of East Longmeadow, Mass., collided with her at a trail intersection on the power bike he was driving. N.H. Fish and Game officials have taken over the case, as its jurisdiction pertains to all accidents involving off-road vehicles, and has not released the girl's name as it is policy not to do so in cases involving juveniles.

The accident occurred in the area of the power lines on private property outside of the campground.

According to a statement from N.H. Fish and Game, the girl suffered serious injuries and the Hinsdale Fire Department transported her to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where she was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock. Binney told officials he was not injured in the accident, which is under investigation by N.H. Fish and Game and the Hinsdale Police Department, and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Lt. Craig Morrocco said the injuries were sustained in the girl's lower extremities.

According to a preliminary investigation by N.H. Fish and Game, it appears the front wheel of the trail bike Binney was driving hit the girl in the collision.


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Morrocco said the investigation is similar to one that would be conducted following a motor vehicle crash on a public roadway.

Officer Eric Hannett, who is handling the case, was unavailable for comment.

Morrocco said statute required blood tests to be done to determine if alcohol played a factor in the accident. Though the results were not ready, he said it appeared alcohol played no part.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277.