HYRUM -- A Pleasant View woman is trying to identify the occupants of a pickup truck that reportedly contributed to her son's serious injuries by causing his ATV to plummet into a ravine Saturday night in a Cache County campground.
"I would like to find out who the kids in the truck were," Jeanie Pauli said Tuesday. "He (her son) could have been killed. He's not out of the woods yet."
The accident that injured 39-year-old Joseph Brad Pauli, of South Ogden, occurred around 7:15 p.m. on federal lands in the Left Hand Fork Campground, said Chris Haramoto, a manager with the Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation based in Hyrum.
Joseph Pauli was camping with his wife, daughter, two sons and other family members. He was alone on an ATV, riding on a road, when he came around a curve and encountered a small gray- or silver-colored truck in his lane of travel, said Haramoto.
Joseph Pauli told Haramoto he tried to move around the truck, but he ran out of room and the ATV fell 15 feet down a ravine and into a creek.
There were no witnesses to the accident.
Pauli was partially submerged in the water and remained there for about 15 minutes, Jeanie Pauli said. A passerby heard his cries for help, and a camper with medical training helped pull him from the creek, up the bank and to the roadway, Haramoto said.
Joseph Pauli was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital and then airlifted to McKay-Dee Hospital.
He had a broken collarbone and ribs, serious head trauma and internal bleeding, said Jeanie Pauli, who is optimistic that her son will make a full recovery.
Haramoto said he to hopes to locate the occupants of the truck to obtain more information about the accident.
"Obviously, I want to interview them," he said.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Haramoto at 435-245-6866.