One teen in fatal I-70 crash remains in Vail hospital |

One teen in fatal I-70 crash remains in Vail hospital


MONUMENT – A high school football player remained in intensive care a day after one of his friends was killed and two others injured in a crash on Interstate 70 near Eagle.

The four teenagers, seniors at Lewis Palmer High School in Monument, were enjoying their senior year spring break. But that all ended around 2:40 p.m. Saturday, when, the Colorado State Patrol says, the Jeep Wrangler the teens were in rolled about three times near milepost 149, 2 miles east of Eagle.

Troopers say three of the teens were ejected.

Tracy Yaeger, mother of Chase Yaeger, one of the teens, said they were driving home in the Jeep that was given to Nate Matteson by a relative. The boys had gone to California to pick up the vehicle and bring it back.

The trip was their celebration. High school was almost in the rearview mirror, college just around the corner.

Along I-70 near Eagle, the Jeep went out of control.

“Nate was driving, and when the tire blows out, you really have no control, and the Jeep went off the road and rolled and was stopped by a white fence,” Tracy Yaeger said.

Jefferson Oakey, Nate Matteson and Chase Yaeger ended up in the hospital. Levi Patrick, a passenger in the back seat, died at the scene.

Oakey and Yaeger were back home on Sunday, recovering from concussions. Matteson remains hospitalized in Vail. He has some fractured vertebrae, a broken collarbone and an injury to his lungs.

Authorities say the passengers in the back seat were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

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