- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An advocate for those with physical challenges died when his all-terrain vehicle went over a cliff near a lake in the Idaho panhandle.

The Spokesman-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1yOYKEJ ) that Idaho State Police say 42-year-old Thomas W. McTevia of Coeur d’Alene and his friend died Sunday after their ATV fell over a 500-foot embankment.

McTevia continue to lead an active life after a severe spinal cord injury paralyzed him in 2004. He kayaked, photographed, hunted, skydived and “hand-cycled,” or operated a bike with his hands.

He was an advocate for the physically challenged community and pushed for the city to make a portion of Tubbs Hill trail near lake Coeur d’Alene accessible to wheelchair users.

McTevia was a Navy veteran and former police officer.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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