From staff reports
| The Spectrum & Daily News
A 14-year-old boy has been identified as the victim killed by injuries suffered an off-roading accident in Washington County on Friday.
Zan McQuivey, a student from Crimson Cliffs Middle School who was described by family members as “a kind and happy 14-year-old boy,” was critically injured after the side-by-side off-highway vehicle he was operating crashed in the Purple Hills area of Warner Valley, according to a release issued by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.
A 38-year-old male passenger was also injured in the accident. Neither McQuivey nor the unidentified passenger appeared to have been wearing helmets or seatbelts at the time of the crash, according to the release. As of late Monday, the incident was still under investigation.
“Zane was a kind and happy 14-year-old boy,” his family said in a written statement. “He was an eighth-grader at Crimson Cliffs Middle School. He will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and community. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support that we have received. We are thankful for the Donor Connect program so that Zane is able to continue to help others.”
After the crash, McQuivey was flown to the St. George Regional Hospital by medical helicopter while the passenger was transported by ambulance. McQuivey later died from his injuries at the hospital.
An online account was set up at GoFundMe.com to help cover medical bills and other expenses for McQuivey’s family.
The crash happened while the vehicle was traveling “at slow speeds” up a hill when the vehicle attempted to turn and rolled, according to the release. Emergency personnel from Utah Division of State Park and Recreation arrived on scene, along with Washington County Search and Rescue and the Hurricane Valley Fire-EMS.