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Malone teen killed in ATV accident remembered for twinkle in his eye

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MALONE - A 16-year-old Malone boy killed in a motor vehicle-all-terrain vehicle collision at approximately 6 p.m., Wednesday at the intersection of State Route 30 and County Route 28 in the town of Malone was a rising junior at Franklin Academy.

Troopers said their investigation at the scene revealed that a 2004 Suzuki ATV, operated by William C. Derochie II, 16, of Malone, was traveling with an uninvolved 2009 Yamaha dirt bike west on County Route 28 at the intersection of state Route 30.

Derochie failed to stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of a 2011 Dodge Durango traveling south on State Route 30, operated by Trina M. Lewis, 35, of Constable.

Lewis was unable to avoid Derochie and struck the ATV, causing Derochie to be ejected. A back seat passenger in the Durango was transported by Malone Rescue to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

Franklin County Coroner Brian T. Langdon responded to the accident scene. Derouchie’s body was transported to Alice Hyde Medical Center for an autopsy. The accident remains under investigation by the New York State Police in Malone and the Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Derochie was a student at Franklin Academy who would have began his junior year next month, school officials confirmed Thursday.

“Will was a great kid. He had a great smile, he was a super person, he had a ton of friends,” Franklin Academy High School Principal Lori Tourville said. “He always had a twinkle in his eyes that made you think ‘Now what are you up to now?’.”

Ms. Tourville said she had received numerous phone calls from faculty and staff who knew Derochie.

Superintendent of Schools Wayne Walbridge said he was contacted in the hours after the accident by a middle school teacher and her two daughters that knew Derochie and they were “just devastated.”

“He definitely touched a lot of adults in this building,” he said.

Mr. Walbridge said he didn’t know Derochie very well, but had met him in the cafeteria while helping supervise breakfast.

“He always seemed to be a great kid with a great sense of humor,” Mr. Walbridge said. “People really liked him.”

Mr. Walbridge said North Star has made an offer to help out with grief counseling; Ms. Tourville said staff members have offered to donate their time to help with grieving students as well.

“As a school district, we’re devastated,” Mr. Walbridge said. “Our prayers and support go to the Derochie family.”

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