ATV accident claims life of Mapleton teen


Haley Wells passed away Aug. 12

Students and residents in the Mapleton area are mourning the loss of another young resident following the third fatal ATV accident since May.

On Saturday morning just after 10 a.m., 16-year-old Haley Wells was riding on an ATV with a family member along a Bureau of Land Management road just off of Rice Road in Mapleton when Wells was thrown from the vehicle and over an embankment.

Wells, whose helmet came loose during the fall, was brought up from the embankment but was not breathing. Family members administered CPR until first responders from Mapleton Fire and Rescue arrived, but Wells never regained consciousness.

The exact cause of her death is still being determined by the county medical examiner, but head trauma is suspected to be the cause.

Wells was born in Florence but eventually moved to Mapleton, where she was a three-sport athlete participating in volleyball, basketball and track and field for the Sailors.

Wells was to enter her junior year at Mapleton High School next month.

A celebration of Well’s life will be held at Mapleton High School beginning at 1 p.m. today. All family friends and members of the community are welcome to attend.

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