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UTV accident in Henry County leaves one dead, another injured


HENRY COUNTY – A woman is dead after a Saturday UTV accident in Henry County.

At around 9:30 PM, deputies responded to the ATV accident at the Outdoorsman Park ATV Trails and Catfish Pond on Lewis Road.

Investigators determined that a 2015 Can-Am side-by-side UTV operated by Paul Eddie Burks, 39, of Spencer, overturned on a steep incline and ejected the passenger, Angela Michelle Burks, 38, of Spencer.

The sheriff's office says both were not wearing helmets or seatbelts. 

First responders attempted life-saving measures and transported Angela Burks to SOVAH Health of Martinsville where she was pronounced dead. 

Paul Burks was was transported to the same hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injures.

The Chief Medical Examiner performed an external examination Monday and found trauma to the chest, abdomen and head. 

The manner of death has been ruled an accident, according to the release from the sheriff's office.

This incident remains under investigation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. 

Once the investigation is completed, a determination as to what, if any, charges will be applicable.

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