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Arlington High School student killed in ATV accident

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A 15-year-old boy from the Town of Beekman dies over the weekend after losing control on while riding an ATV. YNN's John Wagner has the story.

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A somber, bleak start to the week at Arlington High School, as many learn sophomore Joseph Christiano will never walk the halls again.

"Today was just really emotional, there was a lot of kids crying in the morning announcements when they announced his name," said neighbor and classmate William Heffern. "We had a moment of silence for him."

The Dutchess County Sheriff's office says Joseph was driving an ATV when he lost control at a curve near his home in the town of Beekman. His best friend -- twin brother Anthony -- was walking not far behind. Investigators believe unsafe speed was a factor.

"In a car you have the engine in front of you, bumpers, you have things like that, in an ATV, you're sitting on top of it with no protection," said John Watterson from the Dutchess County Sheriff's office.

After offroading with friends, Joseph and his twin brother were headed home. Joseph was on the four-wheeler and his brother was walking, when tragedy struck. Friends say he had just gotten his ATV less than a month ago.

"Seeing his body there and not knowing what's wrong with him and seeing all the fire trucks and stuff pulling up its hard, and talking to friends its hard," said a neighborhood friend Andrew Rayburn.

"That was a horrible thing to see, just to see the pain the grief that the parents were going through," said George Hixon, a home-owner across the street from the crash, who tried to help revive Joseph.

Arlington High School offered grief counselors and hundreds of students attended a private candle light vigil Monday night in his honor.

"Everyone in this community it's going to touch their heart greatly," said Frank Cenname, a friend and teammate on the football team. "He was a real great kid in school, on the football field, everything, there's nothing wrong about him, just great kid."

"He was just really always athletic, a nice kid always trying to cheer up everybody's day," said Rayburn.

Friends remember Joseph for his kind heart and his love of sports--baseball, basketball, and football.

"Us as a football team, we had the model family this year and we brought him up together and we're going to go down with him together absolutely, without a doubt," said Cenname.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 2PM to 4PM and 7PM to 9PM at the McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10AM at Saint Denis Church.

For driving directions or online condolences, please visit Joseph's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

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