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ATV crash kills 22-year-old Florida man on New Year’s Day

January 2, 2019

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Officials say an all-terrain vehicle crashed onto its side in a water-filled ditch, trapping a 22-year-old Florida man underneath.

Polk County Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilder said in a news release that Matthew Ryan McGrath of Boca Raton was last seen riding the ATV around 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day. An off-duty Frostproof firefighter found the crash site later that afternoon.

McGrath’s body was found underneath the ATV.

Investigators say McGrath was operating a 2019 Green Can AM ATV in the shallow ditch that runs along State Road 60. McGrath wasn’t wearing a helmet or other protective gear.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

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