The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call Thursday afternoon of a possible missing person operating an ATV in the area of Lake Irene and County Road 36 NE. Family members advised that they located a 4 year old girl who had been a passenger on the ATV and still trapped under the ATV was the driver, 32 year old Riley Marie Sowada. Also responding to the scene were Miltona First Responders, Parkers Prairie Ambulance, North Ambulance and Life Link III Helicopter.
Family members were able to move the ATV and free Sowada, who was examined and treated on scene by ambulance personnel. She was later transported to Alomere Hospital in Alexandria with non-life threatening injuries. The 4 year old passenger was uninjured.
Deputies determined that the rollover occurred as Sowada was operating the ATV very close to the shoulder of Irene Rd NE and the ATV rolled into the ditch. Sowada stated that as the ATV rolled over, the 4 year old passenger was ejected from the ATV. Neither Sowada nor her young passenger were wearing a helmet.