Teenager killed Friday night in rollover in Missouri Heights; alcohol suspected factor
One teenager was killed and another has serious injuries after the car they were in lost control and hit a large rock in Missouri Heights late Friday night, a Colorado State Patrol spokesman said Saturday.
Cpl. Ivan Alvarado, a State Patrol spokesman, said five teenagers were in the vehicle and alcohol likely was involved with the 18-year-old driver. He said in an update Saturday afternoon that one person was in the hospital with serious injuries and the three other occupants, including the driver, had minor injuries.
All of them were taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He did not have the exact ages of the passengers, but said they all were teenagers.
The accident happened around at 11:45 p.m. Friday and nearly two miles up Garfield County Road 102 (Fender Lane) from Highway 82, he said.
“They lost control and collided with a large rock,” Alvarado said. “It rolled and a couple of the occupants were ejected.”
Those ejected did not have seat belts on, he said. He said two passengers were wearing seat belts and the other was unknown.
He said “alcohol is definitely being investigated,” and the speed of the vehicle was not on the initial report.
The release of the victim’s name and the others involved will come from the Garfield County coroner’s office, Alvarado said.
Missouri Heights is a community near Carbondale and El Jebel in the Roaring Fork Valley.
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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