OURAY COUNTY – A 14-year-old Florida boy who died in an ATV accident in the northern reaches of Ouray County on Friday, Aug. 2 was buried last week in Ridgway’s Dallas Park Cemetery.
Austin Michael Snyder, of DeLeon Springs, Fla. died after losing control of his all-terrain vehicle and hitting a tree on a U.S. Forest Service road known as Dented Door Road, .8 mile from Divide Road near the Montrose County line. Visiting family in Montrose, he was riding with a group of five when the crash occurred, including his grandfather, brother and two cousins.
According to Ouray County Undersheriff B.B. Burk, who responded to the scene of the accident, Snyder was second in a line of riders, and was going excessively fast trying to catch up with his brother in front of him, when he hit a bump and lost control of his vehicle as he was about to negotiate a sharp turn in the road. He veered off the road and his ATV hit a tree. Ejected, he struck another tree, and suffered internal injuries that were not survivable.
A CareFlight helicopter responded, but Snyder was pronounced dead at the scene.
An obituary published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal said Snyder “particularly loved the outdoors, sports, and above all, spending time with family and friends.” One online guestbook entry noted his “infectious smile, joyful personality, gorgeous blue eyes, and kind, loving heart;” another, written by Snyder’s former third grade teacher, recalled “his bright smile, spunky attitude and lust for life.”
Austin Snyder’s paternal grandparents, Greg and Carolyn Snyder, adopted him after the 2008 death of his father, Justin Derek Snyder.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Canyon View Baptist Church in Montrose. Snyder’s family has asked well-wishers to consider donating to WyldLife or St. Barnabas Episcopal School, which he attended. Donations can be sent to St. Barnabas Episcopal School, 322 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand, FL 32720.