Fulton teen Brady Niver injured in crash dies 8 days after school sweetheart

Fulton, N.Y. — A Fulton teen has died, more than a week after he was critically injured in a crash that killed his school sweetheart.

Rylee Bartlett, 17, and her boyfriend Brady Niver, 16, were in a serious car accident on state Route 48 near the town of Granby on Sunday, April 30, 2023. Provided by Jerrica Conners

Brady Niver, 16, of Fulton, died Monday from injuries suffered in the crash, Fulton School Superintendent Brian Pulvino confirmed.

His 17-year-old girlfriend, Rylee Bartlett, was killed when the car she was driving crossed into oncoming traffic at 5:35 p.m. April 30 on state Route 48 near Chesbro Drive in the town of Granby. Brady was a passenger in the car and badly injured.

For the past week, the Fulton community has rallied together and prayed for Brady as he underwent surgeries and remained at Upstate University Hospital in critical condition.

The couple, who had been dating since seventh grade, was looking forward to going to the junior prom, “A Night Under the Stars” this Friday.

On Monday night, Pulvino sent families in the school district a message letting them know Brady had died from his injuries earlier in the day. The school district’s crisis response team will be available for students and staff again starting Tuesday at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Rylee and Brady were juniors at the school.

Here is the letter Pulvino sent to the school community:

Dear FCSD Community:

I regret that I have more sad news to share with our school community.

Despite a valiant effort, our student who was severely injured in the motor vehicle accident last Sunday succumbed to his injuries and died earlier today.

Our crisis response team will be available for students and staff at G. Ray Bodley High School throughout the day tomorrow, and in the days ahead.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if any student, staff or community member needs individual support as we grieve this tremendous loss.

We appreciate your ongoing kindness and support. We extend our deepest condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of all involved.


Brian T. Pulvino


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