Boy killed in late night, high-speed freeway race |

Boy killed in late night, high-speed freeway race

Matt Zalaznick

WOLCOTT – An Eagle County boy was killed in a 100-mph freeway race around 1 a.m. Sunday when his opponent lost control and they collided, sending the boy’s car rolling into the median, authorities said. The name of the boy is not being released because he is a minor and the driver of the other car, 18-year-old Berriah Metts of Edwards, has been charged with felony vehicular homicide in the crash near the Wolcott I-70 interchange, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said Sunday afternoon.The boy was driving west, racing his 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo against a 2001 Toyota Celica, Sgt. Shawn Olmstead of the Colorado State Patrol said. “It’s been determined both were racing,” Olmstead said, adding the cars’ speeds reached 100 mph. When Metts, in the Celica, attempted to pass the Monte Carlo, he lost control, swerved off the left side of the road and then back onto the freeway, where he collided with the Monte Carlo, Olmstead said. The Monte Carlo then rolled several times into the median and landed upside down, while the Celica stopped in the grass on the right side of the road, Olmstead said. A Leadville resident, Andrew Martinez, who was riding in the Monte Carlo was treated and released from Vail Valley Medical Center, Olmstead said. Metts has been charged with felony vehicular homicide as well as two misdemeanors – engagement in a speed contest and reckless driving, Olmstead said. Second crashSteve Martinez, a 25-year-old former Avon resident, died later Sunday when, around 2:46 a.m., he crashed his Ford Explorer into the back of a snowplow that was stopped to assist with the first wreck, Olmstead said. The driver of the Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow, which had emergency lights flashing, was lighting emergency flares along the freeway when the collision occurred and was not injured, Olmstead said. The snowplow was parked in the left lane about 250 yards to 300 yards east of the first collision, Olmstead said. “The snowplow had its emergency yellow-and-blue lights on in an attempt to warn approaching westbound traffic of the hazardous accident scene ahead,” Olmstead said. Martinez, a truck driver who had spent the evening in Eagle County, had recently moved to Aurora with his wife of seven years and two young children, said Donna Barnes, deputy Eagle County coroner. He was the only child of his parents, who also live in or around Aurora, Barnes said. Crashes with emergency vehicles assisting with wrecks are not uncommon, Olmstead said, and drivers should therefore be careful when approaching accident scenes or emergency vehicles parked along the freeway, “People need to slow down and pay close attention when they see emergency vehicles or lights because there’s a good chance there’s a problem being deal with, entailing road closures or lane changes,” he said. Vail, Colorado

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