ATV accident leaves teen dead in Ninilchik

A 15-year-old girl was driving an ATV with a 14-year-old female passenger

A teenage girl was killed in an ATV accident outside of Ninilchik over the weekend, according to a dispatch report from the Alaska State Troopers.

The girl who died was Marissa Moffis, 14, of Kenai, according to an email to the Homer News on Wednesday from Alaska Department of of Public Safety Communications Director Austin McDaniel.

A 15-year-old girl was driving an ATV with Moffis as her passenger last Saturday when the ATV lost control and rolled, troopers reported. Moffis “succumbed to her injuries despite attempted lifesaving measures,” according to the dispatch.

The 15-year-old was transported to a Soldotna area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. McDaniel did not identify te driver.

Moffis’s next of kin have been notified, and her body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner for autopsy.

Neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, according to the dispatch. Troopers want to remind Alaskans to wear a helmet while operating an ATV, UTV, side-by-side or dirt bike.

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