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Alcohol charges filed after teen’s death

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Three Gypsum teens have been charged with possession of alcohol in the wake of the death Oct. 25 of Joseph Creek, a 16-year-old who was run over by an ambulance near the Eagle County airport, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Creek, a Red Canyon High School student, and three others, whose names have not been released, got an adult to buy vodka for them from a local liquor store and then drank heavily at a home in Gypsum, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The three teens told investigators they lost track of Creek, thinking he’d ridden home on the bus, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The driver of the ambulance, who was not charged, told investigators he saw Creek walking along U.S. Highway 6 and tried to avoid him. The ambulance’s right front fender hit the teen, the State Patrol said.

Creek’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for driving, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A 17-year old girl and two boys, 15 and 16 have been charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21. Punishment for a first conviction can include a $250 fine, public service, alcohol education and alcohol treatment.

No charges were filed against the liquor store because the owner did not know the adult had bought alcohol for the teens, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators do not know who the adult was.

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