A Lake City man sustained critical injuries Saturday morning while driving an ATV in Lafayette County on SE Airstrip Road, 10 miles west of Branford, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Billy Joe Payne, 64, Lake City, was traveling west on a 2005 Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on SE Airstrip Road, a dirt/grassy private roadway, at 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 28. For unknown reasons, Payne steered sharply to the left and traveled into a drainage ditch on the south side of the roadway. The ATV overturned end over end, causing the driver to be ejected approximately 15 feet, where he came to final rest, reports show.
The ATV continued to overturn and came to final rest in the center of the roadway upside down, facing in an easterly direction. Payne sustained critical injuries during the crash and was transported to Shands UF for medical treatment, FHP said.
Payne was not wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Damages to the ATV were estimated at $1,000, reports stated.