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Lower Mahanoy Township, Pa. – A Dauphin County man died on Sunday afternoon in an all- terrain vehicle accident in Northumberland County.

Coleton Timothy Gessner, 18, of Elizabethville, lost control of the ATV and went over a wooded embankment, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Stonington. The accident occurred at a farm on Cemetery Road in Lower Mahanoy Township between 12:30 and 1 p.m. January 12, 2020.

Gessner had been working on his ATV because it was not running, police said. He got it started and was taking it for a test ride. Gessner drove it across a field and for unknown reasons he lost control and went over the embankment.

Gessner was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma, police said.