A Chilliwack man died on a mountain trail over the weekend, while on an ATV excursion.
RCMP received a call just after 1 p.m. on Sunday that a man had jumped out of the way of an ATV and fallen off a cliff. The man’s family has confirmed it was 48-year-old Andy Rotzetter. He had been traveling with a group of ATVers along the Windy Knob Trail at Tamihi when he stopped to help another rider over difficult terrain.
That rider’s vehicle accelerated and Rotzetter fell off the cliff. RCMP confirm he succumbed to his injuries on scene.
Chilliwack Victim Services is working with those who witnessed the incident, and the RCMP issued a reminder to enjoy the great outdoors as safely as possible.
“The back country, although beautiful, is dangerous. Police remind everyone who enjoys these remote regions of our area to always remain aware of the unforgiving dangers nature presents,” said Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment spokesperson Corporal Mike Rail.
The RCMP and Coroner’s Service are continuing to investigate the incident, and the man’s family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral costs, bills and to help give Rotzetter’s widow time to grieve.