16-year-old boy killed in an ATV accident
A 16-year-old boy was killed in an ATV accident near Silt on May 28, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reported June 9.
The youth was riding with friends on private property, officials said.
Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire said the victim was Beau Richey of Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Sheriff’s spokesman Walt Stowe said the teen lost control of his ATV coming around a bend. He hit the ground and the ATV landed on him. Glassmire said the operator of an off-road vehicle behind Richey’s rounded a curve and came upon the crash.
The boy was given CPR immediately following the crash and was taken to the hospital by the first responders, Stowe said.
Stowe provided no explanation of why the accident was not reported to the public for nearly two weeks.
Glassmire said the youngster died shortly after 5 p.m. that Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. The Mesa County coroner transferred the case to Garfield County because the accident occurred off of Garfield County Road 315 near Silt.
Glassmire said the cause of death was “multiple injuries due to blunt force trauma of the chest.”
Friends told a Salt Lake City TV station that “Beau loved motorcycles, his yellow Jeep and anything outdoors.”
His father, David Richey, told Fox13 on May 31, “He lived a wonderful life for 16 years, and he lived probably a lot more in 16 years than a lot of us live in 60 years.”
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