ST. GEORGE – A 16-year-old boy who was taken by Life Flight to Dixie Regional Medical Center Saturday afternoon following an ATV accident in Pine Valley is currently in a coma at DRMC as of 10 p.m. Saturday night.
“It’s just touch and go right now,” Denise Webster, a friend and neighbor of the boy’s family, said.
The boy, who is a football player at Snow Canyon High School, was on a Sadie Hawkins day date in Pine Valley when he and his date crashed while riding in a Polaris RZR side-by-side on Grass Valley Road, approximately 2 miles north of Pine Valley Highway.
The boy and his 15-year-old date, also a Snow Canyon student, were with a group of teens on a Sadie’s activity. The boy and his date were riding in the RZR when rain and hail began to fall, Webster said. Another family friend, who asked not to be named, said he believes they were trying to hurry back to their vehicle to get out of the storm when the RZR hit a large puddle and they hydroplaned.
“They hit water and hydroplaned and it rolled the (ATV),” Webster said.
After the accident occurred, Webster said, the boy’s date kept a very cool head in responding to the situation until help arrived.
“She gets an A-plus because she was very calm and kept him responsive,” Webster said.
Emergency responders reached the remote area where the teens had crashed within about 20-30 minutes, Webster said. Life Flight, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Enterprise Ambulance and Pine Valley Fire Department each responded, according to information from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Life Flight airlifted the boy to Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition. The girl was taken to DRMC by ambulance.
The 15-year-old girl has bumps and bruises and had to receive some stitches, Webster said, but it appears she is otherwise going to be OK.
The boy suffered head trauma as a result of the accident. He underwent surgery Saturday, and doctors are now monitoring him for responsiveness.
“It could be a long period of time, a short period of time,” Webster said. “Basically the doctor told us … we just wait and watch for movement.”
The boy’s family has received overwhelming support since the accident happened, she said. There were 50 or more well-wishers at the hospital at one time, including some of the boy’s friends and members of the Snow Canyon High School football team.
“There were a lot of people up there,” Webster said. “We literally took up all of the waiting room.”
Friends, relatives and members of the family’s LDS church congregation have organized a large prayer effort to take place for the boy on Sunday, Webster said.
“Really, the only thing that we can do now is just to pray and fast and hope for a miracle,” she said.
“I know they’re grateful for the support and appreciative and grateful for the prayers,” she added.
This report will be updated as more information becomes available.
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