Shelburne teenager remains in coma after ATV accident

  • Ursula Snow, 14, of Shelburne, remains in a coma after she was involved in a May 12 ATV accident in New Hampshire. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/23/2019 11:13:31 PM
Modified: 5/23/2019 11:13:20 PM

LEBANON, N.H. — The community is rallying around Ursula Snow, a 14-year-old Shelburne resident who remains in a coma after she was involved May 12 in an off-road vehicle accident in Francestown.

About 330 people have contributed to an online fundraising site, raising nearly $26,000 to put toward her treatment as of Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred at 1:50 p.m. when a 49-year-old driver was operating an off-road vehicle, with Snow riding as a passenger, according to a statement released by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Snow and the driver, a resident of Francestown, are not related.

As the driver rode along a sloped section of lawn, the vehicle rolled onto its side, pinning the 14-year-old under the automobile, according to Fish and Game. Family and friends lifted the vehicle off Snow and called emergency services, who responded to the scene.

Snow was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital with serious and life-threatening injuries. The driver of the off-road vehicle refused to be transported to a hospital. Snow and the driver were not wearing seatbelts or helmets.

Snow suffered a traumatic brain injury, according to the family’s fundraising site, and has been under the care of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital’s trauma unit.

“Because the injury is unpredictable, doctors aren’t sure what the future will hold for Ursula,” the site states. “One thing we know is that even what she has had done to date is going to be expensive. Funds will be used to cover medical and rehab expenses which are mounting.”

The New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officer, Francestown Fire Department, New Hampshire State Police and Peterborough Fire and Rescue Ambulance responded to the accident.

While the incident is under investigation by conservation officers, preliminary reports reveal that the operator’s inexperience contributed to the accident.

The family’s fundraising site is at

Reach Grace Bird at or
413-772-0261, ext. 280.

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