A Benld girl has succumbed to her injuries after being ejected from a Polaris side-by-side utility task vehicle (UTV) Sunday evening in Plainview.
According to a press release from Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, Madyson Loftis, 11 of Benld, died from injuries related to the accident that occurred on Walker Road in rural Plainview. The St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office advised no autopsy would be performed.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family,” Sheriff Kahl added.
Loftis was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital Sunday evening for medical treatment along with an 8-year-old. Both juveniles were riding in the dump bed on the UTV vehicle before the vehicle hit a rut in the dirt road and rolled. Sheriff Kahl told the BenGil Post on Monday that Loftis’ condition was critical and she was unconscious when sheriff deputies arrived on scene. The 8-year-old’s condition was listed as stable at the time of publication on Monday.
The UTV vehicle had 5 passengers at the time of the accident. Three passengers were in the front area including Donald Ruyle, 44 of Plainview, a 4-year-old and the 12-year-old operator. Loftis and the 8-year-old were in the dump bed. The identities of the other juveniles were not released.
Loftis was a sixth-grader at Gillespie Middle School. The school posted on social media Tuesday morning that multiple counselors on staff will be able to support the school’s students and staff. “Gillespie Middle School sends our love and support to the family and friends of Madyson Loftis,” the social media post read.
Funeral arrangements were not available at the time of publication.
The crash remains under investigation by the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office.