Man killed Wednesday riding ATV

Feb. 07, 2014 @ 01:54 PM
A man driving an All-Terrain behicle (ATV) on a North Carolina highway died Wednesday night after falling off the vehicle at about 5:47 p.m.

Daniel Suttle, 48, of Cane Creek Mountain Road, was driving east on Luckadoo Mountain Road in the Bostic area when he fell from the vehicle and hit the pavement. 

Sgt. Chris McClelland of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said Suttle was entering a slight curve and approaching a grade, when he fell.

The ATV ran off the left shoulder of the road. 

Suttle did not have on a helmet and  McClelland said there was evidence of alcohol use. "It (alcohol) was attached to the vehicle," the patrolman said.

According to reports, Suttle was flown to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where he was died from the injuries.

Suttle was riding with a friend, David Neal Brandle, 49, of Twin Ponds Trails in Bostic. McClelland said Brandle was riding ahead of Suttle andnoticed Suttle was not behind him and he returned and found Suttle in the roadway.

Brandle was arrested for driving while impaired and taken to the Rutherford County Detention Facility.

It is unlawful to drive or ride an ATV on the highway.

Rutherford County 911 received the emergency call from Brandle at5:47 p.m. and the NCHP was notified at 6:02 p.m.

Patrolman Joe Horton of the NCHP was primary investigator with assistance from  McClelland.

Suttle is the second person to die on a Rutherford County road since Jan. 20, 2014.