Teen dies following ATV wreck

Elodie Reed

By Elodie Reed

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One victim released, 3rd still in hospital

BAKERSFIELD — The University of Vermont Medical Center confirmed this morning that an Enosburg Falls teenager, Dawson Perley, 15, has died following an all-terrain-vehicle crash on Friday.

As of press time Monday morning, the Messenger was still waiting for confirmation from Vermont State Police of the names of three boys involved in the crash. All have been named on social media, but the Messenger is waiting for confirmation from police before printing the other two names.

Perley was with the teens on the ATV on King Road in Bakersfield on Friday when it crashed just off the road. The call for the single-vehicle accident came in at 12:54 p.m. that day, and Vermont State Police, Bakersfield Fire Department, Enosburgh Ambulance Service, Enosburg Heavy Rescue and AmCare Ambulance Service responded.

Photos from the scene show an Audi ATV on its side in the woods off of King Road, also known at Route 25.

One boy in critical condition was transported by AmCare to Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center, where he was airlifted from a Collins Perley Sports center field to the hospital by a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) helicopter.

Two other boys – one in critical condition and the other in stable condition – were transported to Northwestern Medical Center by Enosburgh Ambulance and were later taken to UVM Medical Center.

According to a UVM Medical Center spokeswoman, Perley died on Sunday. Another of the boys was discharged over the weekend, and the other’s condition will be released pending permission granted by a parent.

A candlelight vigil was held for the three victims on Saturday at the Bakersfield School soccer field. Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Jay Nichols posted on social media about the vigil and asked community members to pray for the boys. Many responded that they would.

On Dawson Perley’s Facebook profile, several people posted. One user wrote: “R.I.P Dawson. My prayers are with your mom & family… u were to young. My heart aches for all of you. Xoxo.”

According to police, the crash is still under investigation. Vermont State Police are asking for anyone who was in the area at the time to call (802)-524-5993.