ATV Flips, Kills Eastern Kentucky Man

An eastern Kentucky man is dead after flipping his ATV in Magoffin County.

Police say 51-year old David Stephens of Salyersville ran off the road on his ATV, hit an embankment, then flipped the ATV back onto the roadway.

Police say Stephens suffered severe head injuries.


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  • by Kim on May 6, 2008 at 09:01 PM
    was there anyone else hurt in the accident??
  • by Bell Location: Salyserville on May 6, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    I'm sorry, about your dad danny and tia
  • by pandora Location: down south on May 6, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    My prayers go out to this mans family.I lost a good friend years ago to a ATV accident.They were hit head on by a car.The driver of the car was on the wrong side of the road was drunk and had no drivers license or insurance.Seems we should be more concerned with whats driving down the road in a car more than a ATV.If the state would make it legal to ride[require insurance /license/ tags and require a helmet plus a riding test min age of 16]they might be a few less accident on one.You riding scared of being caught you will be more careless and more likely to make mistakes and wreck.The money the state would make from taxing license fees and insurance would probably get the state out of debt! ATV ratio and cars about the same here in Ky.I know id be willing to pay for license insurance and a few taxes to be able to ride legally.Seems to me the only thing wrong was this person may not have had a helmet? May God BLESS this mans family i know what it like to lose someone this way.
  • by G Location: Stanton on May 6, 2008 at 07:44 AM
    Michael, how can you say that's another stupid person we dont have to worry about? No matter what, that was a person, someones child, someones husband, someones father, he was someone to somebody. For you to say that is heartless and cold. Even if this accident was his fault somebody is hurting right now because of his death. I'm glad you are not a family memeber of mine! As far as trying to blame policemen/women that's just absolutely absurd!!! Come on they do try, they can't be EVERYWHERE 24/7.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on May 6, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    Well I guess the cops could just shoot these people off their ATVs before they hurt themselves or anyone else right? You people are stupid. It's not the fault of the police. It's the fault of stupid people being allowed to operate something as dangerous as an ATV. Repeat after me: SOME PEOPLE JUST SHOULD NOT HAVE KIDS BECAUSE THEY GROW UP TO BE AS STUPID AS THEIR PARENTS!
  • by classmate Location: Allen on May 6, 2008 at 04:39 AM
    I was a classmate of David and knew him very well! He was always a risk taker and that was just the way he was! My prayers go out to the family! He was special to me.
  • by Susan Location: BC Canada on May 5, 2008 at 07:21 PM
    I live in a town of 23,000 people. ATV;s became very popular here approximately 10 years ago and there has not been one single death due to an atv accident. Everyone wears helmets and has insurance. Yes there were a few close calls, my own one of them, but that was due to inexperience which I think is the problem there also. Atv's are not bicycles and should be classified as a motor vehicle with the same regulations.
  • by annoumous Location: magoffin on May 5, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    yes this was sharon stephens husband of magoffin
  • by Jerry Location: Lex on May 5, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    I have riden these things before up in the mountains of eastern Ky. While they can be fun, more than often, people just get plain stupid. People get on these things, take off and forget to engage their brains. More often than not alcohol is involved. You act ignorant, you pay the price.
  • by nealson Location: pikeville on May 5, 2008 at 03:50 PM
    This is tragic for family, friends, and lots of compassionate people all around. Some people say "where are the police"? I know where they are. Taking care of a large area of the county. There is no way the police could monitor ATV riding to any degree because everyone loves them. I would never get on an ATV but, I know people that love them. We should try to think about Mr. Stephens, he was doing what he truly loved!!! Let it make everyone feel some relief with that thought. Thanks
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