Woman killed in ATV accident remembered as 'friend to fishermen'
Rivers, Man., mourning after bizarre ATV at spillway leaves one dead, another presumed drowned
A woman who was one of two victims in a fatal ATV accident over the weekend is being remembered as a friend to people who regularly fish at the Rivers Reservoir spillway.
Police said she slammed into a barricade, then the vehicle knocked a 39-year-old man, who was fishing there, into the water. He has not been found and is presumed drowned.
The woman's family declined to comment and asked CBC News not to identify her.
Betty Swayze, a friend of the woman who was killed, said the woman regularly drove her ATV in the area with her husband.
"That was one of their pleasures," she said. "The husband and wife liked to go out, checking on the fishermen.
"In the wintertime they did ice fishing together and everything. So they did quite a bit of things together which is good to see."
Swazye said Rivers, located in western Manitoba, is mourning after the incident.
She said it's a difficult time for her friend's family.
"They're doing OK now," she said. "But it is hard. It's going to take them a while to recover because they're a close-knit family."