75-year-old man dies after having heart attack while riding ATV

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Posted on November 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 3:48 PM

John Harper / Houma Courier

A 75-year-old man died in Thibodaux early Wednesday morning while riding an ATV, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.

Charles Terracina, who celebrated his birthday Tuesday, was on his way to see family at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday but never arrived. Sheriff's deputies said they later found Terracina, a native of Thibodaux, underneath the overturned ATV alongside Home Cottage Road.

An autopsy revealed that, Terracina suffered a heart attack during the accident. Sheriff's office spokesman Brennan Matherne said that the cause of death is still considered an accident, and that investigators have not yet determined if Terracina suffered the heart attack before or after the ATV crashed.

It is the second time in 13 days that a fatality has occurred involving an off-road vehicle.

John Farmer, 14, was killed Nov. 3 in Houma when the side-by- side off-road vehicle he was on overturned and landed on top of him in a ditch alongside the road.

According to statistics provided by Concerned Parents for ATV Safety, Terracina is the 13th person killed in Louisiana this year while riding an ATV.

After Farmer's death, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter and Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis both pledged to enact a zero-tolerance policy on improper use of off-road vehicles, which are not allowed on public roads and highways.

The 13-year-old driver of the off-road vehicle that John Farmer was in was arrested and charged with negligent homicide, negligent injury, no driver's license and operating an unsafe vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was given a summons for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and allowing unlicensed minors to drive.

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