13-year-old girl identified after dying in Weld County ATV accident

WELD COUNTY, Colo. -- A 13-year-old girl who died while on an ATV with her friends over the weekend has been identified.

Sophia St. Amant of Windsor was out with two friends for a fun adventure on Saturday afternoon in Weld County.

And now a small Northern Colorado community grieves. She was an eighth-grader in her first year at Severance Middle School.

The school’s principal, Jay Tapia, called St. Amant an “outstanding young lady.”

He said a teacher told him, "This is why I teach, because of her (Sophia).”

She connected with her teachers, participated in discussions, and was very involved and friendly. She also ran track on a relay team.

But she could not escape the danger she, her twin sister and another girl encountered Saturday just before 5 p.m.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office said the girls drove over the embankment of a canal on an ATV when it rolled over into a ditch filled with water.

St. Amant was a passenger in a Polaris RZR ATV when it wrecked in the ditch on Weld County Road 76 and Weld County Road 25. Two of the girls were able to get out of the ATV, but St. Amant was trapped.

Firefighters eventually got her out and performed CPR, but she died about five hours later at the hospital.

The Weld County Coroner's Office said her cause of death was drowning. Investigators are not releasing the names of the two other girls because they are juveniles.

Grief counselors were at the school on Monday to speak to teachers. And they’ll be back Tuesday when the 530 students return from spring break.

Friends and classmates will gather at the middle school’s football field for a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m.