BURRILLVILLE – A Massachusetts man was pronounced dead early Sunday morning following an off-roading accident in a sand pit by the state-owned George Washington Management Area.
The victim was reportedly ejected from a Jeep in an incident near the Connecticut line around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3.
Burrillville police responded to the call, and said in a press release Sunday that the accident occurred in the sand pits area of Munyon Trail, which is located on the state property.
According to police, an investigation at this scene revealed that a 2008 Jeep, owned and operated by Anthony Pollini, 19, of Rockland, Mass., had traversed an off-road sand-based hill in the area.
“One of two adult passengers in the vehicle, seated in the front passenger seat, fell from the vehicle when it rolled over on the hill being traversed,” a release noted.
The man sustained serious injury from the fall and vehicle rollover, and was life-flighted from the scene to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
Police said an investigation into the events leading up to the crash are continuing, and more information will be released on Monday, Jan. 4.
Editor’s note: An original version of this article stated that the victim was believed to be 30 years old. He has since been identified by police. An update on this breaking news story can be found here.