Teen killed riding sled being pulled behind vehicle

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jan 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-02 23:28:56-05

Mason Dykstra, 15 (Facebook).

MANLIUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A teen boy was killed after the sled he was riding on, which was being pulled by a vehicle, hit a tree, according to the Allegan County Sheriff's Department.

The accident happened just before noon Saturday in the 5300 block of 133rd Ave. when the sled the teen was riding on hit a tree while on private property, according to the sheriff's department.

15-year-old Mason Dykstra was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Students and staff gathered Sunday at Hamilton High School to remember Dykstra. Administrators told FOX 17 Dykstra was an outgoing student who was part of the Hamilton High School football team.

"It’s been difficult for everybody. Loss is difficult when it is a 15-year-old boy in the prime of his high school career," said David Tebo, Superintendent of Hamilton Community Schools.

Dykstra is described as a normal freshman student who enjoyed life and had a great smile.

"Something like this will happen and they (students) will pull together and pick each other up. It will unite them because they care about their neighbor, they care about that kid across the street. It could of been my kid. It was an accident and they're going to pick each other up," said Tebo.

Funeral arrangements for Dykstra are still being arranged.

Investigators said they have not determined whether any charges will be filed against the driver of the vehicle that was towing the sled.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help for the Dykstra family to assist with medical costs.