Steamboat Springs Editor's note: This story was updated to include comments from Sara Rideout.
The Steamboat Springs community this week is mourning the loss of Cory Kenneth Ferrier, a 10-year-old boy who was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident Monday near Silverton.
Cory would have been a fifth-grader at Strawberry Park Elementary School. His fourth-grade teacher Lisa Adams on Thursday read a statement in response to the tragedy.
“Cory was a member of our school community at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Cory had a one-of-a-kind creative style, and he especially loved to dance. In fact, he enjoyed dance movement so much that he could be seen skipping through the halls. Cory was a student, classmate, friend, grandchild, brother and loving son. He was a special boy, and he will be sorely missed.”
It was difficult for Cory’s father, Kenneth Ferrier, to talk about the incident or his son. He said Cory recently took a liking to dancing.
“That was his new big thing,” Ferrier said.
Cory’s mother is Sara Rideout.
"He was the light of my whole world," she said in an email. "I can't imagine not hearing him sing his heart out to his favorite songs, seeing his infectious smile and having him tell me he loves me with all his heart."
San Juan County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Melody Skinner said Cory was camping in the area with his family, including his stepmother Wyntir Long-Ferrier and 11-month-old brother, Jesse Ferrier.
Skinner said the deputy investigating the crash reported Kenneth Ferrier had taken his truck to go look for Cory. After meeting up with Cory, Ferrier turned his truck around to follow his son, who was on an ATV. The deputy thinks Cory might have looked back at his dad and accidentally driven off County Road 7 near the South Mineral Campground in the San Juan National Forest about two miles north of Silverton.
Skinner said the ATV went about 15 feet down an embankment, and Cory was thrown from the ATV about 30 feet. Ferrier called 911 at about 10:50 a.m. and gave Cory CPR. Ferrier said Cory was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.
Skinner said a cause of death has not been determined.
A celebration of life for Cory will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Yampa Valley Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made to the Cory Ferrier Memorial Fund at Yampa Valley Bank, P.O. Box 775770, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.
To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com