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South Hadley man killed in ATV accident identified as Todd Bristol, 26

SOUTH HADLEY – The man killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash near Skinner State Park Wednesday was identified as Todd Bristol, 26, of South Hadley.

The crash also injured a 30-year-old Chicopee woman who was riding on the ATV with Bristol when it went off the trail and struck several trees.

Bristol was one of the leaders of the Hadley Snowmobile Club.

“He was one of the best people I’ve ever met,” Dan Regish, another club member, said of Bristol.

He said Bristol was very helpful in running the organization, made up of snowmobilers who work together to maintain a network of trails.

“He will be deeply missed,” Regish said.

Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, said the initial investigation indicated Bristol lost control of the vehicle.

The accident was reported at about 10:15 p.m. on a dirt and gravel trail off Lithia Springs Road.

Bristol was pronounced dead at Holyoke Medical Center a short time later, Carey said. The woman was taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries.

Carey said she was still in the hospital Friday. Her name has not been released.

According to his Facebook page, Bristol worked as a marine services technician at Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley and formerly worked at Fleury Lumber Company in Easthampton. He attended South Hadley High School.

The accident remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police, the environmental police and South Hadley police. Anyone with information relevant to the crash is asked to contact the Northwestern district attorney’s office at (413) 773-5361.

Source: MassLive