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Witnesses came quickly to crash victims’ aid

Scott Miller and Veronica Whitney

EAGLE COUNTY ” Ron and Cindy Mostek of Denver saw the red sports car rocket across the highway in front of them Sunday night.

The Mosteks and their children were headed home on Interstate 70 just after 9 p.m. Cindy was driving when she saw the car hurtling across the median from the westbound lanes.

“If we wrere five seconds faster it would have taken us,” Ron Mostek said.

“(Cindy) saw the lights tumbling,” he added. “She thought it was an airplane. We stopped immediately and pulled over.”

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Inside the red convertible sports car were driver Cristobal Covarrubias, 18, and Battle Mountain High School students Flora Felix-Torres, 15, Carlos Lujan, 15, Ricardo Beltran, 16 and Alejandra Cornelio, 14. All five students live in Avon.

The names were made public Wednesday night by the Colorado State Patrol.

While official information remained scarce about the students’ conditions, a friend of the four who refused to give her last name said two of the students remain at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, one is still at Vail Valley Medical Center, and the fourth has been released.

In the crash, the front seat passengers were wearing their seat belts. The three other passengers who were riding in the back seat weren’t wearing them and were thrown from the car as it rolled, police said.

Ron, who was a paramedic for 10 years, said the car was smoking as he approached.

“My first reaction was to take passengers out,” Ron Mostek said. “Two were in the front of the car. They were conscious. The girl was screaming of lower leg pain. I wanted to get her out of the car just in case the car caught fire.”

Then Mostek found out the front seat passengers weren’t the only ones who were in the car.

“She was screaming in pain and said, ‘There were five of us,'” Mostek said.

Another motorist who had stopped to help had a flashlight, and helped search for the other victims. Two were lying unconscious along a guardrail. The third victim, who was conscious, was found in a ravine in the median strip.

“I did this for 10 years so it all came back to me,” Mostek said.

Colorado State Patrol officials have reported that the car went off the road at high speed, and have said alcohol wasn’t involved. The accident remains under investigation.

Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 454 or vwhitney@vaildaily.com. Staff writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at (970) 949-055, ext. 613, or smiller@vaildaily.com.

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