Fort Lupton in shock over crash that killed teenager, injured three others

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FORT LUPTON, Colo. -- Those who knew the boys involved in Tuesday's tragic car accident in Fort Lupton are stunned. The crash happened at the intersection of Ninth Street and Park Avenue in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

There is a makeshift memorial there in honor of the 14-year-old who was killed and his three friends who are recovering in the hospital.

Late Tuesday night, friends of the victims held a vigil for all four fours. There were two 14-year-olds, a 16-year-old who was a driver and a 12-year-old in the car.

One of the 14-year-olds who was in the back seat of the red Pontiac died when the driver lost control and smashed into a parked van while going between 70 mph and 80 mph.

"He was one of the best people that I ever knew," said friend Drak Gallegos. "A few days ago I just talked to him. I didn't know that would be the last time I ever saw him or I would be able to say goodbye to him."

The survivers are recovering in a hospital. Fort Lupton Police are looking into several things, including if the driver had a driver's license and if he took his grandmother's car without permission.

There is no work on whether any criminal charges will be filed against the driver.



  • Sheila

    Have you ever gotten a new car and accidentally sped because you didn’t realize you were going as fast as you were. This is a 16 yr old boy, imagine if that happens to us adults who are experienced drivers, what are the odds it got away from him before he realized it! Stop placing blame, you are no better than this boy, only he is inexperienced and young, what is your excuse?

    • justmejustjess

      Ummm 10 miles over maybe 15 miles over yes. Not 50! And of that’s your excuse I hope to G-d you never kill anyone! The kid knew what he was doing and will have to live with it for the rest of his life and he needs to be punished accordingly not only for taking a life but breaking the law . Being young doesn’t excuse negligence!

    • Denver

      I went from a 1991 car to a 2007, big difference. I didn’t ever speed and not realize it. Each time I went over the speed limit I was aware. There is someone to blame the driver. There is no way that someone should be going 70-80 mph in the residential area in Fort Lupton. Maybe on the Highway but not where the accident was. I hope the driver is charged with the accident and death of the boy. The passengers shouldn’t have been in the car in the first place unless they were all siblings. And 2am.. Really.. Defend someone else!

    • Denver

      That can change.. The driver should be cited for the accident. The kids shouldn’t have been in the car in the first place, they were not siblings.

  • Denver

    Not quite sure what the driver was doing out so late. Isn’t there a curfew for under the age of 18? Also, the driver should be charged due to the accident. None of the people in the car were siblings, and as I’m aware the passengers in the car shouldn’t have been there. No one made him speed that fast, 70-80 MPH is what they should have been going on Highway 85, not in the residential area.

  • Denver

    Under Colorado law, drivers under 18 who haven’t had their license for at least a year can’t have more than one passenger under the age of 21 in their vehicle and cannot drive between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.

    And no charges are filed.. I’m pretty sure its clear that they broke the law, the driver should be 100% Responsible for the car accident. Do we file a petition for them to realize if they are going to make a law they need to hold people accountable and responsible for their actions

  • Anonymous

    To all the people who have been repeated bashing these kids and there parents, how dare you. All of these kids were my brothers best friends. They were like brothers to me. And I knew there parents well enough to know that they would not let their kids out at 2 in the morning. They snuck out and their parents had no idea. Most kids sneak out because they want to hang out with their friends. It doesnt matter how your household is or what rules you set, teens are going to be teens. These kids were all so sweet and respectful so how dare you talk about them the way you are when you dont even know them. What if it was your son or child and this happened to them and everyone and their mom is talking abouy you the way you are talking about them. I suggest you grow up.

    • Denver

      I’m pretty sure we are all adults here. I did even a search on this page for the word parents, and not one person bashed the parents.. You were the only person who even used that word.. lol. If this was my son or daughter I would be requesting for them to take a vehicular homicide charge that they sure deserve. I was 16, 17 and 18 once, and in control of a vehicle. I was also responsible for taking friends to school, I never needed to go over the speed limit 2x to show off to them either. The driver deserves to be punished for their actions. Glad I wasn’t ever sneaking out as a teen, I wouldn’t want my parents worrying if I was kidnapped or just snuck out. Raise your kids right!


      No offence, but if they were so respectful, then they shouldn’t have stolen a car and wrecked it. Very sorry this happened. Hopefully this tragedy will stop other kids from “sneaking out” to hang with their friends. Prayers to the victims and their families.

  • Anonymous

    Let me say I’m sure there parents thought they were in bed. Its a very sad deal anyway you look at it. Life has been changed for several family’s. My prayers are with everyone involved.

  • Jamie

    praying for the family’s and friends. but i do have to wonder if this was a car on the recall list for accelerator sticking.

  • Anonymous

    I have not seen or heard any updates on this story. What are the names of the kids? What is the condition of the survivors? Are they okay? What were they doing out so late by themselves? What is the FULL story? Surely, by now they have released the names, right?

  • Loveland

    Let me just say to those of you “adults” who have nothing better to do but to bash a 16 year old you know nothing about. You all act as if you were perfect teenagers and NEVER drove fast or did anything wrong in your lives. I am not defending him at all, just saying that what he has to live with for the rest of his life, that is if he recovers from his own injuries, is more than any court can do to him. I personally know the 14 year who died, and his family, and you are very unjustified in your remarks of “no sympathy for poor parenting!” They just lost their child, are you kidding me, grow a heart! What if that was your child, and people were saying that about your parenting?! He was the most amazing young man I have ever had the pleasure of teaching, I’ve known him since third grade, and he made an extremely stupid mistake by going that night, and paid the ultimate price with his life. He was, and will always be, one of the most loved young men ever, as shown by the literally hundreds who blessed him at his funeral yesterday. All I can say to those you who have nothing better to do, but trash other people, take a look at your own lives and try and discover why it is you feel that need!

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