A 19-month-old boy died as a result of a Christmas Day accident in Sheldon. State police say the car the child occupied left icy roads and landed upside down in a brook.
State police report that on December 25 at 4:43 pm they were notified of a one-vehicle rollover on Cook Rd in Sheldon. The vehicle ended up in a brook, and a 19-month-old was extracted from the vehicle. CPR was administered and the child was transported to University Medical Center Hospital, where he later died.
The operator, Meagan Staples (age 22) and her front seat passenger Evan Whalon (age 20), were heading north on Cook Rd when their vehicle came down a moderate hill around a sharp curve. The roadway was extremely icy at the time, and the vehicle left the roadway just prior to the culvert, went down the embankment, and landed upside down in the water.
Both Meagan Staples and Whalon were able to get out of the vehicle, but the child in the backseat was still in the car seat and submerged in the water. A neighbor was able to run down and cut the child out of the seat before CPR was attempted on scene.
Staples and Whalon were later transported to Northwestern Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, while the child ended up being transported to UVM Medical Center for life threatening injuries. Early the following day, state police notified media that he did not survive.