- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

SAREPTA, La. (AP) - A fatal ATV crash over the weekend at Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park was the third at the private park since last year, according to a newspaper.

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/1Sv4wUc ) that over the weekend a crash at the park resulted in the death of Jill Thomas, 40, of Sarepta. Another unidentified person involved in the crash was critically injured and airlifted to University Health.

The newspaper reports that Thomas’ death was the third the park has seen since last year, when two other individuals - Dustin Reinhart, 26, of Barksdale Air Force Base and Sonya Turner, 30, of De Queen, Arkansas - died following ATV accidents over the Labor Day weekend.

Muddy Bottoms spokesperson Ray Delia said in an official statement that the park has “fully cooperated with local law enforcement as they worked through their investigation of this accident.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this individual,” Delia said.

Amber Reese Martin, an ATV rider from Castor, said Muddy Bottoms was one of her favorite parks to ride in. She said following basic safety precautions has helped keep her and her group of friends safe.

“They’re a top notch park, the facilities are awesome. They have security there,” Martin said. “There are accidents, but there are accidents at all parks.”

Martin said she’s seen people wreck that had used drugs or had been drinking previously. She said her group of friends stays aware of their surroundings and goes to a different area if they find themselves around people who are acting recklessly.

“We go with a group of friends. We take care of our group, because you can never know the state of mind someone else is in,” Martin said. “We do drink, but we also know to ride with a friend or sober up before driving.”

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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