Chester County man killed after ATV overturns

A Fort Lawn man was killed in an ATV accident early Sunday when he apparently ran off the roadway, causing his four-wheeler to overturn, according to the Chester County Coroner’s Office.

Thomas Allen Ash, 45, of Mel Nunnery Road, died of blunt force trauma, Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said.

The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. Sunday in front of New Covenant Church on Catawba River Road in Catawba, Tinker said. Ash was traveling along Catawba River Road when he apparently ran off the roadway.

Investigators believe Ash ran off the roadway, causing the four-wheeler to overturn and pinning him under it, Tinker said. He was not wearing a helmet.

A passing motorist saw a vehicle with a headlight on it on the side of the road and called 911, Tinker said. The motorist left because they didn’t see anyone.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala