22-year-old Fargo man involved in serious crash south of Mapleton no longer has brain activity, will donate organs
Editor's note: This story was originally published July 2, 2018.
FARGO — The family of a 22-year-old man injured in a serious crash Thursday, June 28, south of Mapleton, N.D., says he no longer has brain activity, according to an update on his CaringBridge page.
On Monday afternoon, testing was done on Cameron Bolton to determine if there was any brain activity. The Fargo man’s body was brought back to a normal temperature where a test was done and determined that he no longer has brain activity, the latest journal entry on his CaringBridge site reads.
Bolton is now on life support to preserve his organs, according to the journal entry. Testing of the organs, however, is still ongoing.
Prior to the harvesting of Bolton’s organs, a flag-raising ceremony will take place at Fargo’s Sanford Medical Center in his honor. The family did not elaborate on when the ceremony will take place. With Bolton’s donations, it is estimated that he will impact over 20 different individuals, according to the journal entry.
Bolton was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Levi Allmaras, of West Fargo. Together, they were traveling west on 42nd Street SE when Allmaras' vehicle entered a controlled intersection without yielding and was struck on the passenger side by a white GMC van carrying a basketball team from Lisbon, N.D., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Both vehicles left the roadway and entered a ditch on the southwest corner of the intersection, causing Allmaras’ vehicle to roll and come to rest on its wheels. Bolton and Allmaras were taken to Fargo’s Sanford Medical Center, where they were both initially listed in critical condition.
As of Monday, the crash remains under investigation, according to Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind, who added that the investigation could take up to 30 to 45 days to complete.
A relative of Allmaras confirmed to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead on Friday, June 29, that he was fine after spending a few hours in the hospital and that he only sustained a few bumps and scrapes from the crash. It was unknown if either Allmaras or Bolton were wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash, the initial crash report showed.
A July 1 journal entry into Bolton's CaringBridge site reveals the the extreme uphill recovery that Bolton faced following the crash.
When Bolton arrived at Sanford, he was initially diagnosed with four major medical issues, according to his CaringBridge site, including brain damage, two collapsed lungs, excessive abdomen pressure and broken bones. He sustained seven broken ribs on his right side, two broken ribs on his left side and a fractured pelvis.
On Sunday night, July 1, a second journal entry was made onto Bolton's CaringBridge site saying, "Cameron has left us, but we are keeping the body alive for possible organ donation."
Minutes later, a final journal entry was made that reads, "It can take up to 48 hours to thoroughly test the organs for donation. Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, and gifts."
Many of Bolton's beloved friends and family members have taken to social media to pay tribute to him.
"Man Cameron Bolton you got me at a loss of words tonight bud. Just wanted to start out with saying thanks for the influence you have had on my and everyone elses life. You were such a great friend to so many," one Facebook post read.
"You will truly be missed man. So many memories with you from taking you on your first goose hunt with the boys to riding the bikes all day with the boys. Rest East Cameron Bolton," another post read on Facebook.
"My heart has been aching. Non stop prayers for Cameron Bolton but God chose his path for his life. He was the life of the party always, now it's time for the greatest party of them all. Prayers go to him, his family, and friends especially my brother who is a very good friend of his. Rest easy Cam, you'll be missed by many," another post on Facebook reads.
Funeral information for Bolton is not known at this time. If you'd like to help the Bolton family, you can visit his GoFundMe page by clicking here.
The 11 basketball players that were also injured in the crash were members of a Lisbon Courts Plus team traveling to Fargo to play a game, a friend of the girls told Forum News Service Friday.
All members of the team are reportedly doing OK and are expected to fully recover from their injuries. Some of the passengers injured in the crash did suffer broken bones, along with cuts and bruises, according to Cassidy Rostock, a friend of the girls.