Adimali, Idukki: A 23-year-old woman died as an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that she was riding toppled when she lost control of it. The accident occurred at 11 am at the Hilltop Riding Centre at Koompanpara, near Adimali, near the Kochi-Dhanushkodi National Highway.
The deceased was identified as Chippy, daughter of Nisha, the chairperson of the Tripunithura municipality development council, and the late Rajendran of Mallassery in Thekkumbhagam, Tripunithura.
She had reached the riding centre along with another woman and a youth on their way to Munnar. The young man first rode the vehicle. Chippy then took the wheels.
According to staff at the centre, the vehicle skidded as Chippy was riding and toppled to 10 feet depth. She was rushed to a private hospital in Adimali where doctors found that she had sustained grievous head injuries. They referred her to a hospital in Ernakulam but she died at Perumbavoor as she was being shifted.
Chippy has a brother, Chandu.
ATV is also know as quad or quad bike. It is similar to a tractor, it is operated like a bike. ATV is regulated with front and back gears, break, clutch and accelerator. The vehicle is a four-wheel driveused for off roading purposes. Riders are given instructions at the ground on how to handle the vehicle. However, riders can opt to be accoumpanied by experienced hands. Their permission is granted by the RDO like every other civilian vehicle.