At 2:57 a.m. on Friday, May 19, the Adams County Sheriff’s Communication Center took a report of an ATV crash in the area of the 2400 block of Island Creek Road in Monroe Township. The caller reported that one of the persons involved in the crash was not breathing.
Deputies from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, along with Manchester Fire & EMS responded to the scene. Arriving on the scene, first responders found a UTV rolled over in a wooded area of the property. The owner and operator of the UTV, Thomas Lute, 56 years old of Manchester, was found with fatal injuries.
Two other occupants riding in the UTV at the time of the crash were also found on the scene. Anthony McGowan, 21, of Manchester was treated on the scene and later taken to a local hospital. Mathew Blythe, 28, also from Manchester, was taken fron the scene by Air Care to University Hospital with major injuries. The Adams County Coroner’s Office was also called to the scene.
Lute’s body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for autopsy.
The crash is under investigation by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Adams County Coroner’s Office.