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Hansbarger remains in serious condition

Ryan Slabaugh

Laura Sandoval, 17, remains in fair condition, while Travis Hansbarger, 17, is still listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit, said Tony Encinias, spokesman for the Denver Health Medical Center.

Visitors are still discouraged.

The families, however, are encouraging those concerned to send cards, letters and flowers to: Denver Health Medical Center, 777 Bannock, Denver, CO, 80204.

Skylar Hootman, 16, was killed as he was driving east on Interstate 70 Saturday evening. Sandoval and Hansbarger are both seniors at Eagle Valley High School.

A memorial fund for Hootman has also been created. Donations being mailed should be sent to FirstBank of Avon, P.O. Box 5270, Avon, CO, 81620, Attn. Skylar Hootman Memorial Fund. For more information, call 328-9600.

Contemporary music artist Ben Taylor, son of folk legend James Taylor, will perform a free outdoor concert Oct. 9 in the parking lot across from the high school in Gypsum. All money will go to the memorial fund. The concert starts at noon.

A benefit softball tournament for the families of the three Eagle Valley High School students involved in the crash last Saturday is also being organized by Butch Reynolds, an assistant coach on the Eagle Valley softball team.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 12-13 at the softball complex at the Eagle Valley Fairgrounds. Cost is $150 per team and will go to the families of Hootman, Sandoval and Hansbarger.

“I’ve got six teams signed up already,” Reynolds said. “All three of those families played softball. I’ve played with them at one point or the other.”

There is no limit to teams. Call 390-3898 for information or to register.

Ryan Slabaugh is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at rslabaugh@vaildaily.com.

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