Jacks Valley teen dies in accident
April 6, 2004
A 15-year-old Jacks Valley girl died Sunday, April 4 in an ATV accident in Lyon County.
Sarah Rovsek died from blunt force trauma after her all-terrain vehicle rolled onto her, according to Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Fletcher.
Preliminary information indicates the Douglas High School sophomore rode an ATV up a steep ridge when it rolled onto her. The accident is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the Wilson Canyon Bureau of Land Management Public Land at 1 p.m. about an accident resulting in death.
Deputies, paramedics and fire personnel responded to the call. According to Fletcher, Rovsek suffered several serious injuries that caused her death.
Wilson Canyon is on State Route 208. The area is popular for off-highway vehicle recreation, although there is no specific area designated for OHVs, according to Mark Struble, public information officer for the BLM office. State Route 208 goes through the Canyon close to where the west fork of the Walker River flows into the Smith Valley.
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“It’s a large steep canyon that you go through,” Struble said. “The steepest part of the canyon is to the west.”
The area encompasses hundreds of thousands of acres. The main riding and camping area is about 300 or 400 miles with trails heading out from there.
“You can go riding on it,” he said. “You can ride anywhere you want.”
He said safety is a primary concern for the BLM and that riders sometimes cross State Route 208 while using an ATV.
Rovsek was a member of the Douglas High School marching band. She played several instruments and was an excellent student, according to family members.
She was born April 22, 1988, in Santa Maria, Calif., to Barbara Smith, now of Jacks Valley, and Dennis Rovsek, now of Groveland, Calif. Her stepfather is James Smith of Jacks Valley and her sister is Jennifer Rovsek of Groveland, Calif.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at the Evangelical Free church in Groveland. Cremation will be at Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary in Minden.
Maggie O’Neill can be reached at mo’firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 782-5121, ext. 214.