According to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Anita Posey, of Amarillo, Texas died Tuesday afternoon, August 13, in an off-highway vehicle (OHV) accident along Corkscrew Pass while traveling with family and friends in Colorado.

The injured rider was transferred to an ambulance, where her condition began to quickly decline. San Juan emergency response units and Flight for Life crews responded to the scene and attempted CPR, but were unable to revive Posey. She was the sole operator of a quad-style vehicle at the time of the incident.

An off-highway vehicle is considered to be any type of motor vehicle that can be driven off the road including motorcycles, dirt bikes​, three-wheelers, ATVs, and dune buggies. Off-highway vehicles must be registered and permitted with Colorado Parks and Wildlife​ to operate on public lands or trails across the state.

The map below shows the location of Corkscrew Pass.

Corkscrew Pass is a high mountain pass that rises to an elevation of 12,244 feet. The popular 4-wheel drive mountain pass is located in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. It’s also one of the highest mountain roads in the state. Here’s a video of the pass showing drivers traversing over several steep and narrow switchbacks.

Taking an off-roading adventure in Colorado’s beautiful and rugged landscape is fun and exhilarating, but is also very dangerous and can result in life-threatening situations. Guided tours are strongly recommended. For more information and tips on safely off-roading in Colorado, click here.

Editor’s Note: Here’s a quick piece regarding why we’ve decided to include accident and death coverage in our collection of content.

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