Yacolt man still critical from ATV accident

Life Flight landing zone was baseball field at Larch Corrections Center

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: July 30, 2011, 9:39 PM

 

Con M. McClure, 54, of Yacolt remained in critical condition Saturday night after crashing his all-terrain vehicle on Friday night.

The accident, at 21320 N.E. Dole Valley Road, was reported shortly before 8 p.m. It happened on the long driveway of the home about two miles north of Larch Corrections Center, said Chief Ben Peeler with North Country Emergency Medical Services.

“The un-helmeted operator of a 1990 Polaris Sportsman quad motorcycle was going down a steep private drive when he lost control of the vehicle and rolled it off the drive,” said Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Roberts. “When a nearby witness heard the quad engine racing, he went to investigate and found the quad on top of the unconscious operator. It appeared the operator struck his head on a rock.”

A LifeFlight helicopter took McClure to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center.

McClure had been “hosting a family celebration at the time of the collision,” a sheriff’s bulletin said.

“Speed and alcohol appear to have been factors in this collision,” the bulletin said. “The investigation is being continued by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.”

The LifeFlight helicopter landed in a baseball field at the minimum-security prison, about five miles east of Hockinson, after officials notified prison staff that a helicopter would be landing on the grounds.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.