Man dies in all-terrain vehicle incident near Superior

Mike Monahan, a captain of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, was found dead March 17 after going missing while riding an all-terrain vehicle, according to a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

PCSO deputies are investigating the death, which is believed to have taken place on a trail near the Picket Post Trailhead outside of Superior. At about 8:30 p.m. on March 17, PCSO received word that Mr. Monahan was found dead by friends a few miles in from the trailhead.

Deputies from the Pinal County Search and Rescue unit arrived at the trailhead shortly after 9 p.m. and contacted the persons reporting the incident. The man’s friends called PCSO for assistance when he had not returned to his campsite after being out for more than five hours riding his Polaris ATV alone.

Prior to law enforcement or EMS arrival, the friends had searched the trail where Mr. Monahan was riding and found him and his vehicle in a wash, according to the release.

“Our initial investigation into this tragic death shows that this was most likely an accident. Evidence at the scene showed the man most likely lost control of his ATV causing him to drive off the trail and into the wash. The impact of the fall off the 8-foot ledge caused the victim massive head trauma,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said in the release.



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