Investigators: ‘No braking’ prior to crash that killed Colorado boy scouts
HOT SPRINGS COUNTY, Wyo. – Investigators are still trying to determine why the scoutmaster of a Colorado Springs-area Boy Scout troop crashed his SUV into a motor home Sunday, killing himself, three scouts, and child in the RV.
The crash, which occurred on state Highway 120 at about 10:00 a.m., killed Richard Kleiner, 63, from Divide, Colo., and three students from Woodland Park High School, Alex Regan, 17, Nick Naples, 17, and Paul Kekich, 16.
Aidan Ance, 3, a passenger in the RV, also died.
The troop was on its way home from a Boy Scout camp in Cody, Wyo. at the time of the crash. Two other vehicles transporting other scouts were not involved.
“Witness statements and evidence at the scene indicates that the southbound Kleiner vehicle, for reasons unknown at this time, crossed the center line going into the northbound lane of travel,” said Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend. “The vehicle collided head-on into the northbound motor home that was pulling a passenger car.”
Both vehicles skidded off the road and into a ravine.
Four other people in the SUV were injured.
“There were no indications of braking prior to impact from either vehicle,” Townsend said.
The Woodland Park School District issued a statement expressing remorse.
“There are no words to express the grief that we all feel. We will need to rely on each other for support more than ever as we cope with these tragic losses of life.” said Superintendent Dr. Jed Bowman. “For our parents, you are encouraged to talk to your child(ren) about this tragedy. Feelings can be especially overwhelming at this time. There is no right way to express the sadness, grief and confusion that our students can feel when they encounter tragedy. Some students may not react outwardly at all. Students can be particularly vulnerable if this event reminds them about another loss or sadness in their own lives. Knowing what to say to your child is often difficult.”