By Press Release
WINCHESTER — On April 1, 2018 at approximately 1845 hours, Sgt. Wright and Officer Rawling of the Winchester Police Department, along with the Winchester Fire Department, Winchester EMS, Diluzio Rescue and DART were dispatched to the OHRV parking lot located on Ashuelot Main Street (Route 119) for a report of an OHRV accident.
Witnesses said that they heard screams and when they looked up the trail noticed the OHRV and no rider. Two sisters were reported to be on the OHRV which was described as a 2002 Bombardier 500. The operator of the OHRV, 19-year-old Lauren Mesa and her 16-year old sister were coming down the trail when Mesa lost control of the OHRV, which threw both subjects off the machine and the machine rolled over both subjects before coming to rest back on its wheels. The sisters live in Lowell, Ma. Mesa was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with multiple chest, collar and neck injuries and her sister was airlifted by DART to UMASS for internal injuries. Mesa was not wearing a helmet, but her sister was wearing one.
Neither speed nor alcohol or drugs appear to be a factor and the operator’s lack of experience appears to be the primary cause. Police have no further information about either patient’s condition at this time.
Police would like to note that all trails in Pisgah State Park are closed at this time to all wheeled vehicles.