NILES TOWNSHIP--- The name has been released of a 12-year-old boy who died after an ATV crash in the 2300 block of Walton Road in Niles Township on Sunday.
Dawson Lee Eliason was riding a Yamaka Kodiak ATV on private property when he hit a parked vehicle. The impact of the crash caused Eliason to be ejected from the ATV.
A witness told police that the ATV was resting on top of Eliason.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Eliason was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to a press release from the Berrien County Sheriff's Department.
Eliason was a student at Buchanan Middle School. Buchanan Community Schools released this statement Monday night: "It is with a heavy heart that we let you know a current 7th Grade Buchanan Middle School student, Dawson Eliason was killed in an accident over the holiday weekend....Counseling will be provided for students and staff at school for those who wish to speak to someone. A letter will be going home to parents during the school day tomorrow."
The crash remains under investigation.