Mesa man dies after ATV accident in northern Ariz. - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Mesa man dies after ATV accident in northern Ariz.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:54 pm | Updated: 3:50 pm, Tue Mar 26, 2013.

PAYSON  — Authorities in northern Arizona say a Mesa man is dead after an all-terrain vehicle accident in Payson.

Gila County Sheriff's officials identify the victim as 49-year-old Richard Melcher.

They received a 911 call about 4 p.m. Monday about an ATV wreck in the area of Rim Trail.

Whispering Pines Fire Department personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Authorities say Melcher wasn't wearing a helmet, but did have experience riding an ATV.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, but sheriff's officials say it doesn't appear that drug or alcohol use is a factor.

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