A memorial service for Dillon Paxton, 16, of Silverton, will be held at the Silverton School gymnasium at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. A reception will follow at the Bent Elbow.
A bank acccount for donations in Dillon's name will be opened at Citizens State Bank of Ouray on Tuesday.
A 16-year-old Silverton youth died in a pickup truck crash Friday night, Aug. 31, on County Road 2 about two and a half miles north of town.
Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Chad Martin said Dillon Paxton, 16, was driving southbound in a 1988 Ford F-150 pickup when the accident occurred at about 7:59 p.m.
Martin said Paxton lost control of the pickup and it began to rotate clockwise.
“The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a delineator post, Martin said.
The driver overcorrected and the vehicle then rotated counterclockwise, spinning about 180 degrees and traveling off the left side of the roadway, rolling multiple times down a steep embankment.
It came to rest on its top on County Road 22, which runs along the Animas River below County Road 2.
“The ejected driver came to rest underneath the bed of the truck,” Martin said.
His passenger, Corwin Coates, 16, also of Silverton, remained in the truck cab. He was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango where he was treated and released.
Paxton was pronounced dead at the scene.
Paxton was the son of Keri Metzler, San Juan County coroner, and David Paxton of Montrose.
Martin said that neither Paxton nor Coates were wearing seat belts.
"Lots of tears as the rain fell."
A candelight vigil was conducted Saturday night at the home of Kevin Baldwin, Keri Metzler’s fiancé. About 100 people attended.
“Lots of tears as the rain fell,” noted San Juan County Sheriff Sue Kurtz in a Facebook entry.
The tragedy has hit the Silverton community hard, especially the small 60-student school.
A memorial fund for Dillon Paxton is now being managed by Silverton Ambulance Association; please click on the Donate button on the ambulance facebook page, or visit the association's website at www.ssjcaa.org to donate with Paypal. You may also send a check to the Silverton Ambulance Association with Dillon Paxton in the memo line.