Coal Ridge High School student dies from injuries |

Coal Ridge High School student dies from injuries

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado ” Coal Ridge High School junior Emily Johnson died Monday after remaining in a medically induced coma for seven days at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 16 years old.

The daughter of Sheryl and Dale (D.J.) Johnson of Silt was injured in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident on Sunday, Nov. 9, on Silt Mesa. No information on the accident was available from Burning Mountains Fire Protection District.

The Johnson family used an online web log or “blog” ( to inform family and friends on Emily’s condition. A post on Nov. 17, apparently written by Sheryl Johnson, stated, “My dear Emily has left our human world.” The post continued to read, “When Emily got her license in June, she signed to be an Organ Donor. She is in that process now. Emily talked about changing the world. … She could potentially save eight lives.”

Friends held a candlelight vigil for Emily Friday night at the Coal Ridge soccer field. More than 200 students, friends, CRHS faculty and community members attended to pray for Emily.

A celebration of Emily’s life is planned for 7 p.m. Friday at CRHS.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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