North Creek Two Johnsburg Central School students are home after being hospitalized last week following an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident, and fundraisers have been planned to help pay for medical costs.
On Monday, July 15 at 11:08 a.m., 14-year-old Justin Schmale was operating a side-by-side ATV on the River Road, with 13-year-old passenger Kraig Millington, according to Warren County Sheriff’s Department officials. Schmale attempted to avoid striking a rock in the road, but lost control of the ATV, and it overturned at about 50 mph, throwing Millington from the vehicle.
“I don’t really remember what happened,” Schmale said when reached by phone July 24.
Millington sustained fractures both over and under his right eye, a broken nose, a broken nasal bone, and a fractured eye socket. He was airlifted to the Albany Medical Center, where surgeons implanted numerous metal plates to reconstruct his eye socket. He remained in intensive care until Sunday, July 21, when he was released.
Schmale was sent to Glens Falls Hospital initially, then he was sent to the Albany Medical Center, where he was treated and released the next day with a cracked rib and fluid in his pelvis. Both boys were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. The accident was investigated by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.
“He’s springing back really, really well,” said Millington’s father, Keitan Millington. “He’s going to make a full recovery. He’s a tough kid.”
Keitan Millington went on to thank the community for their support and outreach, as well as to praise the surgeons at Albany Medical Center for their work. He also said that Kraig sustained no loss of his eyesight, and he is now off all pain medication.
“God is definitely on his side,” Keitan said.
Fundraisers are being held throughout the area to help the Millington family with medical expenses. Kraig’s sister, Kora Millington, organized a food sale on July 21. The Copperfield Inn also held a fundraiser on Wednesday, July 24, donating 15 percent of their day’s food and beverage sales to the Millington family.
A coin drop is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Four Corners in North Creek.
For more information on donating for medical expenses, call 251-5371.