BERNE, N.Y. - The Albany County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal ATV accident which occurred on Saw Mill Road in the Town of Berne.
At approximately 2:30 on Saturday, 50-year-old Daniel Ricketts of the Town of Berne was operating his 1998 Honda Foreman ATV in his back yard when he struck an object and was thrown from the ATV.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by Albany County Coroner Paul Marra.
According to the Albany County Sheriffs Office, he was driving an ATV when he struck a wire. They believe the man set up heavy gauge wires to protect marijuana plants. Sheriff Craig Apple says the man was nearly decapitated, and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.
Sheriff Apple says authorities removed marijuana plants from the property Saturday but that no one was arrested.