ATV rolls, kills rider |

ATV rolls, kills rider

Attempting a dangerous maneuver in the dark recently led to the death of an all-terrain vehicle driver in the Dutch Flat area, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Michael Klein, 42, was killed when he tried to climb a steep hill in his ATV on public land and the four-wheel vehicle overturned.

The accident took place at about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 23. Klein, a Dutch Flat resident, was driving his 1998 Suzuki ATV west of Lowell Hill Road in darkness. Highway Patrol Officer George Kirbyson said Klein attempted to climb a steep embankment, possibly without knowing exactly how steep it was.

As he accelerated, the ATV fell backward, on top of him, Kirbyson said. He died at the scene from trauma to the chest area. He reportedly was not wearing a helmet or protective gear.

Kirbyson said Klein was found in the dark only because a passerby noticed the glow of the ATV’s headlight, which always stays on while the vehicle is turned on.

Speed was not a factor in the accident, the officer said.

Klein was born in Sacramento, and worked as a mechanic for 15 years. He is survived by his parents, Mike and Betsy Klein of Nevada City, and several brothers, sisters, nephews and a niece.

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