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Laporte teenager dies in ATV accident

A second person has died as the result of an ATV accident in Hubbard County in a week's time.

A 13-year-old boy from Laporte died Saturday from injuries suffered in a crash on County Road 45 in Lakeport Township, a mile north of Highway 200.

Hubbard County authorities found James David Stilwell unconscious in a ditch. Emergency personnel started CPR until the ambulance could reach the teenager. James Stilwell was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The children's parade at Laporte Days 2008 began Sunday with a moment of silence for the victim. The accident, which is under investigation, occurred just before midnight. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department said the ATV ran off the road, struck a large hole, and overturned.

On Aug. 2, Carol 'Robin' Steele-Spry, 50, suffered injuries when the ATV she was driving near Lake George tumbled down a washout, throwing her and a passenger from the vehicle. She died the following day. The passenger suffered minor injuries.

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