No charges in mud bog photographer's death

EXMORE, Va. -- No charges will be filed against the driver of the vehicle involved in the accidental death of photographer Rick Ulerick during Saturday's Muddin' at the Moose event at the Exmore Moose Lodge in Belle Haven.

A police spokeswoman identified the driver as Blake Messer, 20, of Four Oaks, North Carolina.

The incident is being handled as an accidental death, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said.

Ulerick, 48, of Virginia Beach was setting up to shoot the finish on the "hill and hole" track, a pair of alternating short hills and mud sloughs, an eyewitness said.

When Messer's truck drifted to its left while in the air, Ulerick could not get out of the way in time, witnesses told Delmarvanow.com.

The driver was not injured, police said.

The fatal accident took place during one of the final races at the event. Police were called to the scene at about 3:12 p.m.

The Muddin' at the Moose event had been on hiatus for about two decades before it was revived in 2014. It features two courses: the "hill and hole" and a flat bog.

delmarvanow.com


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