COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Speed, alcohol and inexperience all likely contributed to a tragic car crash in Commerce City that killed a motorcyclist and injured four teens Friday, according to Commerce City Police.
A 16-year-old female student at Adams City High School was driving a white Dodge Neon when she lost control and collided with an oncoming motorcycle at about 3 p.m. Friday near 7300 Highway 2 in Commerce City.
Police said the teenage driver had only a learners permit, which prohibits a driver from transporting anyone under the age of 21. However, the girl was driving three of her classmates.
Speed and alcohol also played roles in the crash, said police.
"It worries you because I know these kids, my daughter knows these kids. What if my daughter would have been in there?" said Sheila Almeida, a parent of an Adams City sophomore.
During a news conference on Saturday, police said the motorcycle rider died in the hospital following the crash. He was a 52-year-old man from Commerce City.
Two 16-year-old boys in the car suffered non-life threatening injuries, but remained in serious condition Saturday.
An 18-year-old female passenger was treated and released for minor injuries.
The 16-year-old driver suffered critical injuries, and she is in serious condition.
Police said they are investigating the crash as a possible vehicular homicide.
"If you’re drinking, simple as that, you shouldn't be driving," said Adams City sophomore Ynessa Almeida.
"She shouldn't have been driving without a parent, an adult," said Sheila Almeida. "Now, unfortunately the gentleman who passed away, she has that on her conscience."
As parents and classmates came to grips with the impact, school leaders hoped they do more than mourn.
"I would definitely plea with parents to continue your involvement with your child as they enter high school and just know what’s going on," said Pat Sanchez, Adams County School District 14 superintendent.
Adams City High School will have counselors available to students and staff throughout the coming week.