18 May 2020
Major Darrin S. Pitkin
Troop B Commander

On May 16, 2020, at approximately 4:58 p.m., State Police responded to a report of an UTV crash at 659 Fuller Road in the town of Peru.

An investigation at the scene revealed that a 2019 Mahindra Retriever UTV operated by Emily R. Coons, 13, of Peru, was traveling south on a dirt trail in the backyard of 659 Fuller Road.  The UTV entered a field adjacent to the yard and attempted to make a left hand turn to travel east.  The operator was unable to negotiate the curve, and the UTV overturned, coming to rest on its passenger side.  A passenger, Emily E. Hayden, 17, of Brunswick, NY, was partially ejected and pinned under the UTV.  She succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Clinton County Coroner Chad Deans.  Coons and a third passenger, Madison M. Laporte, 12, of Peru were both transported to the University of Vermont Health Network at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) in Plattsburgh for evaluations. None of the occupants had been wearing helmets or seat belts.

Hamilton Funeral Home transported Hayden to CVPH where an autopsy will be performed on May 18, 2020.

State Police were assisted by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.


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