Brownwood teen dies in McCulloch ATV accident
By James Stewart
A week of work and hunting on a family ranch in southwest McCulloch County has turned tragic following an ATV accident Wednesday, that claimed the life of a 15-year-old Brownwood boy.
According to McCulloch County Sheriff Deputy John Stafford, Elias Stanke, 15, of Brownwood was killed when the ATV on which he was riding turned over and landed on him.
Stafford stated that three individuals were in a Polaris Ranger ATV with one driving and two other teens riding in high rack seats behind the driver. Stanke was reportedly riding in the high rack and was positioned directly above and behind the driver.
The driver of the ATV was Dominique Briscoe, 19, believed to be living in Coleman. He sustained serious injuries and was flown from the scene to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo with what was reportedly non-life threatening injuries. The extent of those injuries is not known at this time.
Also injured in the accident was Cameron Terry, 17, of Coleman who was treated at the scene by McCulloch County EMS and taken by private vehicle to Shannon Medical Center.
A fourth person, Rylee Dunn, 14, was following behind the ATV on a four-wheeler and was not involved in the accident.
According to reports, the three boys had been on the ranch for almost a week doing various chores and maintenance and were headed to mow and cut weeds when the accident occurred.
Deputy Stafford indicated that the accident is still under investigation and was a coordinated effort by the McCulloch County Sheriff's office and Texas Department of Public Safety.