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Local grad died in Denver crash

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Andrew Given

EAGLE-VAIL” A 2005 graduate of Battle Mountain High School was killed when his car crashed into a traffic-light pole just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Andrew L. Given of Denver was driving a silver 2001 Volkswagen Golf north on Santa Fe Drive/US 85 when he lost control on a right-hand curve at Blakeland Street in Douglas County, the State Patrol said.

The car ran off the right side of the road and rolled onto its side. The roof of the car crashed into a traffic signal light pole, State Patrol said.

“We’re not doing too well with this as you can imagine,” said Craig McCully, Andy’s step-father, who was in Phoenix when he heard that his step-son had died in a car crash in Denver.

Given and his family moved to the Vail Valley in 1996, he said.

The family has not yet scheduled a memorial service for Given, he said.

Given lived in Denver and attended Denver University for a year before he took a break to work two jobs, McCully said.

He was a student at Battle Mountain, where he played soccer, ran track and cross country and also was a Nordic skier ” all while working a part-time job ” said Rob Parish, Given’s track and cross country coach.

Given was an active student and leader in high school and took the most challenging classes, he said.

“He really got the most out of every day,” Parish said.

Given’s creativity and work ethic in Future Business Leaders of America made the group successful, said Nancy Lindbloom, teacher at Battle Mountain. She was shocked to hear about his death, she said.

Given loved running cross country and his passion for the sport motivated his teammates, said Corey Wilson, friend and cross country and track teammate.

Grant Stevenson, cross country teammate and friend for six years, recalled that Given did a great impression of Stuart from Madd TV.

Stevenson will remember Given from their conversations on the bus together and the way he expressed himself, he said.

Given was intelligent and made people laugh, said Kelli Witter, his cross country coach.

“He really helped them appreciate the joy and the humor that could be found in everyday living,” she said.

Given was not wearing his seat belt and might have been speeding, said the State Patrol, which does not suspect alcohol or drugs in the crash.

Given sustained fatal injuries and a doctor pronounced him dead on the scene, the State Patrol said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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