One teen dies, three others hurt in early morning crash in Champlain

CHAMPLAIN — A 14-year-old boy was killed and three other teens were injured in an accident on Depot Street early Sunday morning.

According to State Police, shortly before 2 a.m., a gray 2011 Honda Ridgeline was traveling west at a high rate of speed on Depot Street when the driver, a 14-year-old boy from Rouses Point, failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle went off the north shoulder of the road and hit multiple trees before stopping, police said.

Police were notified that the vehicle was on fire and people were possibly trapped inside.

Three passengers in the vehicle, a 14-year-old male from Mooers, a 12-year-old female from Mooers and a 13-year-old female from Champlain all sustained injuries and were transported to University of Vermont Healthcare Network CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh and later transported to UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.

All three were listed in stable, but critical condition on Monday, police said.

The 14-year-old operator of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clinton County Coroner, police said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday at Glens Falls Hospital.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, to operate a car or motorcycle in the state, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid New York State driver license or learner permit, or a valid driver license or permit issued by another state or country, but must still be at least 16.

State Police were assisted on scene by Champlain/Mooers EMS, Fire and Rescue, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, and Clinton County Coroner.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Northeastern Clinton Central School sent out a notice on Sunday to the school community regarding the accident.

“It is with profound sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of an automobile accident involving four of our district students early this morning. Regrettably, a high school student has lost their life, and another high school student and two middle school students, are currently hospitalized,” the statement said.

The district added that it would be updating the staff on the situation and the Crisis Team had been activated, and they were prepared to address the needs of the students and staff.

A dedicated team of counselors was made available to speak with students who may require assistance at the middle school and high schools.

“During this challenging time, we are committed to supporting our school community. Please reach out to our school counselors or main office if your child needs assistance,” the statement said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these students. Please know we stand ready to assist any way we can.”


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