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A Humboldt Man Was Killed In An ATV Accident In Mayer Sunday

Yavapai County Sheriff

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A Humboldt man was killed after an ATV accident Sunday afternoon in Mayer. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say 35-year-old George Couch was out with family and friends near Copper Road when he took an ATV out for a ride alone at around 4:45 p.m. After about 25 minutes, friends went looking for Couch and found him collapsed on the road and not breathing about 400 feet from the ATV, which was laying on its side about six-to-eight feet off the road. When emergency crews arrived they found a visible puncture wound on Couch’s neck and swelling on the right side of his head. Attempts to resuscitate Couch were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say Couch was on the ATV and veered right suddenly, hitting a manzanita bush when he fell off. The bush appeared to have caused the puncture wound to his neck, causing extensive bleeding. Officials say Couch tried to walk back to his group, but collapsed. He was not wearing a helmet or other protective equipment at the time of the accident. Couch is survived by family and three children.