Stephanie GiangJun 17, 2018, 5:31 pmJun 17, 2018, 5:36 pm

Memorial held for 15-year-old killed in ATV crash in Somers

Community is shocked and saddened by the loss

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SOMERS – State police said a 15-year-old from Somers High School took a ride here on blackberry hill road when he swerved into a concrete mailbox pillar. After the crash, the teenager was thrown from the vehicle and transported to Westchester Medical Center where he died.

Neighbors in the area say they heard and saw the boys playing around right before things turned deadly.

"I was walking in the development and saw the boys involved in the ATV accident doing tricks, riding recklessly, no helmets,” Somers resident Marla Friedman said. "I just feel horrible that this and I wish it never happened. You can't go back in time, so if you see something, do something. If you see something you know it's wrong, call about it right away."

State police released the name of the 15-year-old but FiOS1News is withholding the name out of respect for the family.

Those who knew him said he was a loving son and brother. Friends and family said the teenager was full of life, athletic, and a free spirit.

A memorial was held at the Somers high school Saturday, School Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch sent a statement about the tragedy that happened to families.

"We are shocked and saddened by the student's death and I know that we will join together as a community to support family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this terrible time," the statement read.

Visitation will be held on Monday afternoon and his funeral service will be Tuesday at Clarks Associate Funeral Home in Katonah.

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