Family, friends host candlelight vigil to honor 13-year-old girl killed in ATV crash
April 3, 2017
SEVERANCE — Evidence suggests it was an accidental rollover of a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle that caused the wreck and drowning death of a 13-year-old Severance Middle School girl Saturday, according to officials.
The girl, Sophia St. Amant, died Saturday night, a few hours after she and two other teenage girls driving a side-by-side ATV crashed in a ditch filled with standing water about a mile northeast of Severance.
Weld County Coroner's Office officials released the girl's identity Monday morning after notifying her family and performing an autopsy.
Monday night, Severance Middle School students and their families gathered in the school's gym to honor and remember St. Amant with a vigil.
Weld County Sheriff's Office deputies responded at about 4:55 p.m. Saturday to the 12000 block of Weld County Road 76, near Weld 27, on report of a traffic crash.
According to the sheriff's office, it appears the accidental rollover happened when the girls drove the ATV over the embankment of a canal and rolled into the water while they were off-roading in the area.
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Two girls were able to get out of the vehicle and the ditch, but St. Amant was trapped, according to information from authorities. Firefighters and paramedics freed her and began CPR.
The three girls were taken to Medical Center of the Rockies.
The condition of the other two girls was not known, and their names won't be released because of their age, according to the sheriff's office.