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Pine River man dies after medical episode on ATV trail

Web posted May 21, 2019
On May 15th at approx. 5:37 pm, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an individual who reported a medical situation on a remote trail in the Stewart Lake area in Timothy Township. The male reported that he was assisting the victim, identified as 71 year old, David Willard Zvorak, of Pine River, in attempting to get his ATV unstuck. It was then that Zvorak appeared to suffer a medical episode, falling to the ground, unconscious.

Emergency personnel had a difficult time locating Zvorak and several became stuck on the trails themselves. A MN DNR Officer was the first to locate the victim and attempted lifesaving efforts. Shortly after, Deputies, North Ambulance personnel, and the Ideal Fire Dept. arrived on scene and assisted. After some time of lifesaving efforts, Zvorak was pronounced deceased on scene.

Sheriff Scott Goddard said, “This was a difficult rescue situation due to the very remote area and the conditions of the trails. I want to thank all agencies and personnel involved for assisting on the tragic event.”

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ideal Fire Dept., North Ambulance, MN DNR, and the Crow Wing County Drone Team.

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