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Sublette Examiner
Volume 7, Number 31 - October 25, 2007
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Life-flighted youth stable in Salt Lake City

by Janet Montgomery

The 12-year-old boy who was lifeflighted out of Pinedale to a medical facility in Idaho Falls on Oct. 13 is doing much better after a week at Children’s Primary Hospital in Salt Lake City.

“It’s been an up and down trip but he’s doing OK,” saida family member Tuesday.

An Oct. 13 accident sent the 12-year-old youth to Idaho Falls for treatment after a Polaris Ranger 6x6 rolled.

According to the report, Sublette County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene about 2 p.m. and saw two people tending to one of the occupants who appeared to have been ejected. The report indicates that the accident scene was on Gregory Lane, in the middle of the roadway. EMS personnel arrived on scene shortly after and began tending to the occupant on scene, a 12-year-old boy who appeared to have sustained critical injuries.

Witnesses told deputies that they were unsure of which of the two boys in the vehicle was driving but that the Polaris Ranger 6x6 was going too fast, traveling eastbound down Gregory Lane. Witnesses said the vehicle was swerving back and forth, and thenl ost control, rolling the vehicle two times, according to the report.

The other occupant was located at a residence and transported to the Pinedale Medical Clinic.

After documenting the scene, the deputy went to the clinic and spoke with the 10-year-old boy, who apparently said he was wearing his seat belt and felt the other boy apparently jerking the wheel but then they started to roll and he closed his eyes. The 10-year-old said neither was wearing a helmet, according to the report.

The 10-year-old boy injured his hand but was in good condition. The report indicates that the deputy spoke with an EMT on Oct.14 who said the 12-year-old had “coded (flat-lined)...for two hours and they brought him back.” “He’s doing better now,” the family member said. “He’s stable.”

The 12-year-old suffered a broken leg, broken arm, five broke ribs and a broke shoulder plate among other injuries; however, she said, “he doesn’t have any head injuries of any sort.” The family member said that, as of Tuesday, the 12-year-old was awake, talking and was alert.

A family member is posting condition updates on the Web site

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