NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Natchitoches Parish authorities suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash of an all-terrain vehicle that claimed a Marthaville man's life.
Timmy Lopez, of the 100 block of Cotton Road, also was not wearing a helmet while operating the 2006 Honda Rancher 350 on a trail near Marthaville in west Natchitoches Parish, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office reports.
Someone who was riding on a trail off Preston Hayes Road found Lopez’s body trapped under an ATV.
The NPSO 911 Communications Center received the 911 call about 5:06 p.m. Tuesday.
Preliminary investigation suggests that Lopez’s ATV hit a ravine, causing it to roll down an embankment, authorities report.
He was ejected; and the ATV came to rest on top of him.
Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The 54-year-old last was seen riding the ATV on Saturday afternoon and had not been reported as missing, says a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.