NEWPORT, Maine — The Maine Warden Service has determined that speed and driver inexperience were the key factors in an all-terrain vehicle accident that seriously injured a 16-year-old Canaan boy over the weekend, a spokeswoman for the service said Tuesday.
The youth, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, remained in critical condition and in a drug-induced coma Tuesday at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, said Edie Smith of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The boy suffered “severe head trauma” when the ATV he was driving crashed on Murray Road in Newport on Sunday afternoon, according to a DIF&W press release.
Smith said Sgt. Chris Cloutier and Warden Troy Dauphinee of the Maine Warden Service reconstructed the accident and determined that the boy was going too fast around a curve.
A second driver in another ATV, a relative of the youth, attempted to warn him to slow down before entering the curve.
The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported via Sebasticook Ambulance to the Bangor hospital. His ATV crashed through the woods and landed on its side.