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Police seek ATV rider involved in hit and run

A Billings Park woman was mowed down by an all-terrain vehicle on Christmas Day.

She was shoveling the end of her driveway along Billings Drive that evening when two ATVs raced past. The first struck the woman, sending her flying. The second skidded past, missing her prone form, according to a Superior police report.

Both were running without lights; neither one stopped.

A witness put their speed at close to 40 MPH.

The woman was able to move a step after catching a glimpse of the ATVs out of the corner of her eye, a witness said. She was taken to the emergency room at St. Mary's Hospital, Superior. Although the Superior woman suffered some shock and bruising from her thigh to her ankle, nothing was broken.

Superior police were unable to follow the ATV tracks due to the condition of the road. The witness said the first ATV was a dark color and that he noticed red and white as the second machine passed. He said he has seen two ATVs drive past on Billings Drive before.

Anyone with information about the identity of the driver is encouraged to call the Superior Police Department Tip line at (715) 395-7468 or the main desk at (715) 395-7234.

According to Assistant Police Chief Charles LaGesse, it is illegal to operate ATVs or snowmobiles on any city street or alleyway. They can be driven on designated ATV trails, but must be kept to 10 MPH when within 150 feet of any dwelling. Operating an ATV on a highway or city street can lead to a $186 fine. Operating an ATV in a careless manner, such as the incident involving the Billings Park woman, can also result in a $186 fine.

Although winter recreation trails for snowmobiles and ATVs opened on Dec. 18, the section of Billings Drive where the accident occurred is not one of them. According to Mary Morgan, parks and recreation administrator for the city of Superior, Billings Drive is open to ATVs and snowmobiles south of North 42nd Street. The city has three main trail systems -- the Tri-County Corridor/Osaugie Trail that runs parallel to East Second Street from the edge of town to Perkins Restaurant, the Crosstown trail that runs past Nemadji Golf Course and through part of South End and trails through the Superior Municipal Forest into Minnesota.

Not everyone is following the rules, however. The man who witnessed the Christmas ATV accident was sprinkling salt on his driveway Monday night when two snowmobiles drove past along that same section of Billings Drive.

A map of city trails can be found at www.ci.superior.wi.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=73.

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