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June 17, 2014
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Family of Florida woman killed in ATV wreck starting helmet awareness campaign

The family of Ashley Nugent, the Florida woman killed June 6 north of De Beque when her ATV rolled over, is starting an “ATV Helmet for Safety” awareness campaign, according to her obituary.

Nugent, 23, of Tallahassee, Florida, was on a guided ATV tour in Kessler Valley when her ATV rolled and she struck her head. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said she was not wearing a helmet, and the coroner’s office ruled blunt force trauma to the skull as the cause of death.

Nugent was a native of Jacksonville, Florida, and was working at a public relations agency after graduating in 2012 from Florida State University.

A representative for the funeral home that handled her services said she was in Colorado on a work-related trip.

Her obituary said she was a dancer and cheerleader and was a “dynamic young woman who valued her family and friends above all else.”

Details of the family’s helmet campaign were not available. Though not required by law in Colorado, the ATV Safety Institute recommends always wearing “a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves” when riding the vehicles.

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