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Update: Man who died in UTV-deer collision identified

After colliding with the deer, the vehicle left the road and came to rest in the Black River.

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who died in a utility terrain vehicle crash Nov. 16 in the town of Summit.

Scott Allan Bever, 34, of Houlton, Wisconsin, was driving the UTV northbound on Dietz Road when it struck a deer in the roadway. The vehicle swerved, hit the bridge embankment and came to rest submerged in the Black River.

A passenger in the UTV was able to get himself free of the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office reports, but was not able to release Bever’s seatbelt and ran up the road to get help. First responders freed Bever and CPR was initiated. Both men were transported to the hospital -- Bever was airlifted and the passenger was taken via ambulance. Bever was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The crash took place at about 4:36 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

This is the second off-highway vehicle fatality reported in Douglas County in 2021, according to the DNR. A 49-year-old man was killed after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a wooded embankment May 22. As of Nov. 24, the DNR had recorded 42 ATV/UTV fatalities statewide in 2021.

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This story was updated at 10 a.m. Nov. 24, 2021, with additional information from Douglas County Sheriff's Office reports. It was originally posted at 1:13 p.m. Nov. 17.

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Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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