A 78-year-old man from Notre Dame Junction died Tuesday as a result of blunt-force trauma to his head during an ATV accident, Lewisporte RCMP confirmed today.
Stewart Stuckey was killed after his side-by-side ATV struck a rock, partially ejecting him from his seat. He was then pinned by the ATV and received the fatal injury.
Stuckey was not wearing a helmet or wearing a seat belt prior to the accident.
The RCMP began investigating the death Tuesday.
About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the RCMP was notified that Stuckey was overdue after leaving early in the morning on ATV to check rabbit slips.
The RCMP, along with Exploits Valley Search and Rescue, located him approximately 25 km south of the Trans-Canada Highway in the Red Fox Road-Mount Peyton area.
He was found located next to his ATV and was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency officials.
An autopsy confirmed the cause of death.