Alcohol not suspected in fatal crash |

Alcohol not suspected in fatal crash

Ryan Slabaugh

According to the Colorado State Patrol, neither speed nor alcohol is suspected to have been involved.

After driving off the left side of the eastboud lane, two miles west of Edwards, around 7 p.m., Hootman turned the vehicle back to the right and crossed both lanes. When he corrected back to the left, the Jeep spun and slid broadside off the right side of the road, rolling once and flipping through the air.

Hootman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the passengers, Laura Sandoval, 17, a senior at Eagle Valley and Travis Hansbarger, 17, also a senior, were taken by ambulance to the Vail Valley Medical Center and then airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center.

Hansbarger, a ski racer at Eagle Valley, underwent surgery Saturday night to remove his spleen in Vail before being transported to Denver. Sunday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Medical Center said that Hansbarger was in a coma and in critical condition.

Sandoval, who plays basketball, runs track and was voted Homecoming queen Friday night, was listed in serious, but stable condition. She suffered broken bones in the face and arm and also went through surgery Saturday night.

The crash is still under investigation by the State Patrol.

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