A 17-year-old from Amesbury was killed while riding a snowmobile in Poland, Maine, Saturday night, officials said.
The Maine Warden Service identified the victim as Troy Marden in a statement Sunday.
The crash happened just before 11 p.m. as Marden was riding on Thompson Lake in the area known as the Heath, officials said. He “failed to negotiate a corner in the road and struck a snowbank,” officials said in the statement, and was ejected from the snowmobile.
The operator of a second snowmobile, who was riding behind him, tried to render aid before going to get help. Marden was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
Marden was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, Daniel Menard, lieutenant Warden Service for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said in an e-mail.
Marden was a senior at Amesbury High School, where he played on the football team as a defensive end and a tight end.
“It is with deep regret and sadness that we inform you about a tragic loss to our school community,” Amesbury High School officials wrote in a statement posted on Facebook Sunday afternoon, offering counselors to the entire school community.
“[W]e are deeply saddened by our loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with Troy’s family and friends,” the statement said.
A photo of the number 48, Marden’s jersey number, accompanied the statement.
Reached by phone Sunday, Marden’s coach, Colin McQueen, said he was not ready to talk about the tragedy.
But an outpouring of support and grief from Marden’s classmates were posted in the comment section on the most recent picture on his Instagram page, which showed the teenager in his football uniform.
Robin Orr, 18, was one of the dozens that left a comment.
“It just hasn’t really sunk in that someone I knew is gone,” Orr said in a message to the Globe. Orr said she had taken classes with Marden in middle school, and remembered him as being “funny as hell.”
“We acted out a lot of Greek plays [in sixth grade] social studies and he would always put a spin on the characters he portrayed. He would do funny accents and make a boring class so much fun,” she recalled.
In eighth grade, Marden brought levity to “Lord of the Flies” with a humorous drawing of the “mysterious beast” from the book, Orr said. The artwork was “so funny that he got the drawing made into a stuffed animal” that still lives in the school’s band room.
“Troy was caring, loving, and kind,” said Bianca DeMott, a senior at Amesbury High. “He was a hard worker, I always saw him giving 100 percent everyday, never saw him in a negative way, he was always positive.”
DeMott said Marden would make an effort to say hi to her every day at school, “and if he didn’t he would wave at me,” she recalled.
“He was too young, and it’s very sad,” she said. “The class of 2019 will not be the same without him.”
The crash was the fifth snowmobile fatality of the season in Maine, officials said. With snowmobile traffic expected to increase during February vacation, officials are reminding snowmobilers to be mindful of their surroundings.Maddie Kilgannon
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