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Allegan County Sheriff's Office
Monday March 14th, 2011 :: 04:21 p.m. EDT


Allegan Co Sheriff’s Deputresponded to Gun Plain Twp. to an ATV crash that killed 15 yr old Benjamin Selby.

On March 13, 2011, deputies from the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a private residence in Gun Plain Township reference an ATV that had crashed in a field. The 15 year old operator was found underneath the ATV that had rolled over and pinned him underneath it. Family members were able to get the ATV off of the victim and begin CPR however, the injuries to the operator proved to be fatal. It appears that while riding in the field the operator tried to negotiate a turn while traveling too fast and the ATV rolled over and ended landing on top of him. There were no obvious problems with the vehicle and other than minor crash related damage the ATV functioned normally. The operator was wearing a helmet. The family indicated that the operator rode the ATV regularly and was a capable driver.

The operator was identified as Benjamin Kaleb Selby, W/M 8-18-95 and he was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be done to determine the nature of his injuries. There was no indication that alcohol was involved. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Plainwell EMS.

Allegan County Sheriff's Office
112 Walnut St
Allegan, MI 49010

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 269-673-0500

Jennifer A. Mitchell

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