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ATV rider killed in North Buffalo

| Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Emergency personnel cover the body of an ATV rider who was killed when his quad apparently struck a tree Saturday evening along Church Road in North Buffalo. Saturday, August 10, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
State police along with other personnel investigate the scene where a man was killed in an ATV accident Saturday in North Buffalo Township, Armstrong County. Saturday, August 10, 2013.

A West Franklin Township man was killed in an ATV accident Saturday in North Buffalo Township, Armstrong County.

The Armstrong County Coroner's Office identified the man as Jason David Toy, 39, of Claypoole Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Brian K. Myers.

State police Trooper Eric Maurer said Toy and another man were riding on separate quads around 5:40 p.m. when Toy lost control and veered off of Church Road and apparently struck a tree.

Maurer said alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash. Neither man was wearing a helmet, police said.

The other man, identified by state police as Sidney Ford, 47, of Cadogan, was arrested at the scene. He appeared to be highly intoxicated, said state police Cpl. Chris Robbins.

State police said Ford will be charged with DUI and illegally operating an ATV on a state road. Ford was not injured.

The accident occurred on a slight bend near a line of trees next to the MDS Energy site north of Route 28. The men were headed toward Cadogan Slate Lick Road when the accident occurred.

An autopsy will not be performed. The cause of death was ruled blunt force trauma to the head and chest. The manner of death is accidental, Myers said.

Police said Ford told them that Toy was riding ahead of him and got out of sight. He said he rounded the bend and saw Toy laying near the side of the road.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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