HAMILTON (Atlantic) — The teen driver of an ATV that slammed into a tree later died at a hospital.

Township police said the 16-year-old boy of the Richland section of Buena Vista was wearing a helmet when his Kawasaki ATV went off Railroad Boulevard about 5:30 p.m. and flipped over after hitting the tree.

Police did not say what caused the teen to lose control of the ATV.

The boy, whose identity was not publicly released, was flown by medical helicopter to Inspira Medical Center in Vineland.

In a statement Oakcrest High School principal James Reina said his school was grieving a student's death.

"We are grieving the loss of one of our students as an entire school community, and our hearts go out to that student's family and friends. We have made counseling services available to students and staff in the building, and the school has shared contact information for outside counseling services on our website," Reina said.

Operators of ATVs in New Jersey do not need to be licensed but must be at least 14 years old. Teens under the age of 18 are required to take a safety course. ATVs must be insured.

Police are looking to determine the cause of the crash.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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