Tragic ATV Crash Claims Life of 21-Year-Old Ian Vilkama

By | July 18, 2023



Park County, MT – A tragic accident in Park County, Montana has claimed the life of a 21-year-old man from Wheaton, Illinois. The victim, identified as Ian Vilkama, suffered massive head trauma in a fatal ATV crash last week.

On Friday, July 14th, at approximately 11 AM, emergency dispatch received a distressing 911 call reporting an ATV accident in a field. The caller stated that Vilkama, who was the only person on the side-by-side ATV, had been ejected from the vehicle, and it had subsequently rolled onto his head and chest. This caused fatal crush injuries.

Bystanders at the scene quickly sprang into action, managing to remove the ATV from on top of Vilkama and initiate CPR immediately. However, despite the best efforts of those present, the victim’s injuries proved to be fatal.

When law enforcement, emergency medical services, and the fire department arrived, they continued resuscitation efforts. Unfortunately, Vilkama succumbed to his injuries, and it was later determined that he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety precautions when operating any motor vehicle, including ATVs. Wearing a helmet can provide crucial protection in the event of an accident, significantly reducing the risk of head injuries.

Park County, MT, is known for its breathtaking natural landscapes and outdoor recreational activities. ATV enthusiasts flock to the area to enjoy the vast network of trails and open spaces. However, it is essential for all visitors and residents alike to prioritize safety and follow appropriate guidelines to prevent accidents and injuries.


The local community has been deeply saddened by this tragedy and extends their condolences to Vilkama’s family and friends during this difficult time..