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2 hospitalized in separate ATV accidents in Kosciusko County

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 6:41 am

Indiana Conservation Officers investigated a pair of ATV accidents over the weekend that hospitalized two with minor injuries.

At 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Dwight Dean, 59, of Syracuse was injured when his ATV struck a small hill causing it to overturn and throw him off. Dean struck his head and does not recall how the accident happened, according to a Department of Natural Resources news release. The accident occurred on private property in Warsaw.

Dean was found by some fellow riders and taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital. He was complaining of neck pain. He was not wearing any protective gear but was expected to make a full recovery, according to the news release.

At 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Caitlan Paloian, 23, of Rosemont, llL. was injured when her ATV rolled onto her while she was riding near Tri County Fish and Wildlife Area, according to the news release. Paloian and her boyfriend, Daniel Csuk, were riding separate ATVs on County Road 850E when they became separated.

Paloian tried to turn around at the intersection with Epworth Forest road when she turned too wide causing her ATV to roll down the steep embankment onto her and breaking her wrist, according to the news release. She was taken to Syracuse Fire Department by her parents then on to Goshen Hospital by medics. Paolian was wearing a helmet, which likely greatly diminished her injuries, according to the news release.