CHISAGO COUNTY, Minn. — A teen from Chisago County has died after crashing his ATV on Saturday afternoon.
Just before 12:30 p.m., deputies with the Chisago County Sheriff's Office were called to an area near Kale Avenue and Ivywood Trail in Lent Township.
Officers found 13-year-old Mason Lee Demenge near his ATV when they arrived. Officials said the teen's condition deteriorated quickly, triggering a call to Air Care. Crews treated Demenge on scene before he was flown to Regions Hospital in critical condition.
In a press release, officials said Mason was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash, and was the only person on the ATV.
According to Chisago County Sheriff Brandon Thyen, Demenge died from his injuries on Saturday. Officials said no one saw the crash and the sheriff's office is still investigating.
Mason's mother, Kristina Puffer, shared this statement with KARE 11's Charmaine Nero:
"Mason was such a sweet caring soul. He had the best friends and family around him. He loved being out doors riding his sled, riding four wheelers, going fishing with his step dad and his friends. During the summer you would always find him with his friends at the beach or on the lake. He will be greatly missed by so many people and I hope this will raise awareness to younger kids that you have to be careful when you are out riding. We are completely heart broken and will miss his goofy personality around us every day. I hope other parents will look at this as a reminder to love and protect your little ones every day, teach them the dangers of riding ATVs and make sure they know to be careful. Mason has been riding for years, and one time he had an accident and left this world."
A GoFundMe has been created to help Demange's family with unexpected expenses in the wake of his death. If you're interested in contributing, click here.
Mason Demenge wasn't the only young person to perish in an ATV accident this weekend: On Saturday evening two 10-year-olds died when their ATV crashed and trapped them underneath.
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