Skip to main content

High schooler in coma, fighting for his life after ATV crash

Family members found the teen on the ground and unresponsive.

A teenager is fighting for his life after an ATV crash over the weekend.

The crash happened Saturday, on the 12700 block of Mill Creek Road SE just outside Chatfield, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office told Bring Me The News. Nobody saw the wreck, but around 12:45 p.m. family members found the 14-year-old on the ground, unresponsive near a 3-wheeler ATV.

The teen, identified in a Go Fund Me as Marick Mercer, was taken via helicopter to St. Mary's Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The fundraiser details some of the grave injuries the teenager has been battling while in a coma, including air in his chest cavity, multiple skull fractures and ongoing brain swelling.

The day after the accident, doctors told Mercer's parents that, on a scale of how worried they should be, things were a 10, the fundraiser says. After a barrage of tests and procedures, things were "settling down" Monday — but the Chatfield high schooler remained in serious condition.

Doctors said he could be in a coma for weeks, the fundraiser says.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The Go Fund Me, started by a family friend, is aiming to raise $15,000 to "help the family through this difficult time," as Mercer will face a long hospital stay and recovery.

The Go Fund Me has raised more than $11,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

"Marick is still in serious condition and continues to need all the prayers and support you all have to offer," Monday's update reads, adding the family is "overwhelmed with the well wishes, prayers and support our family has received. It is so appreciated."

Next Up

raiaing canes brooklyn park crop

After 3-month delay, newest Twin Cities Raising Cane's opens

The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in October.

st anthony armed robbery screengrab

Armed man robs Twin Cities thrift store, flees in carjacked pickup

He pulled out a handgun shortly after chatting with the cashier about his scarf.

red wing 6

Gallery: Pagoda-inspired home on Lake Pepin for sale for $2M

The home has 425 feet of private shoreline on the Mississippi River.

Walz, Flanagan

Walz proposes legalizing marijuana in massive supplemental budget

It's among the provisions in his "Budget to Move Minnesota Forward."

Plow 2 (1)

Photos reveal damage from gunshots to Minneapolis snowplow

A hydraulic line and three tires were damaged in the shooting.

unsplash - school classroom students

Minneapolis schools confirm return to in-person teaching Monday

The school district shifted to online learning almost two weeks ago as rising COVID cases led to staff and bus driver shortages.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

Mineral leases for proposed Twin Metals mine near Boundary Waters canceled

A review by the DOI found "significant legal deficiencies" with the leases' 2019 renewal.


Reward to find person who left kittens to die in freezing WI cold

The cats were thrown from a vehicle, according to a witness.

metro mobility bus

Charges: Man led police on multi-city pursuit in stolen Metro Mobility bus

The bus had been left unattended with the keys inside when it was stolen.

Bell Ramsey Co. Jan 22 - crop

Charges: Man fatally shot mother of his child during argument

Officers found her on the ground outside the couple's home.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 26

More than 15,000 new cases in today's update.


Chisago County SO car

ATV crash leaves teen in critical condition

The Thursday morning crash happened in Chisago County

West central Minnesota man airlifted after Saturday ATV crash

The 35-year-old's current condition is not known.

Screen Shot 2021-05-04 at 7.56.57 AM

10-year-old shot while in car is in a coma, 'fighting to live'

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family of Ladavionne Garrett Jr.

Charpenter injury ATV Go Fund Me

ATV rider nearly killed after being impaled in neck by large stick

The stick was 1.5 inches in diameter and went 6-7 inches into his body.

Boy, 11, fights for his life after semi-trailer crash

Nate Shumaker was critically injured in the head-on collision.

Boy, 13, seriously injured after ATV crashes into deer

The teen's injuries are fortunately not life threatening.