CSP: 16-year-old driver killed in I-25 crash might have fallen asleep

(Photo: Colorado State Patrol)

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A 16-year-old driver killed in a crash in El Paso County might have fallen asleep, the Colorado State Patrol said Sunday.

The crash occurred at about 5:15 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 25 just north of Briargate.

A Ford Focus driven by 16-year-old Jose Huerta of Colorado Springs was traveling northbound when it went off the left side of the road and
collided with a cable rail, the CSP said.

After the crash, the Ford rotated counter-clockwise and came to rest on its wheels facing south in the left hand lane, the CSP stated.

A Honda CR-Z that was also traveling northbound collided with the Ford. After impact, the Ford was pushed back north and came to rest in the center lane.

The Honda went onto the left shoulder, rotated clockwise and collided with a cable rail. The Honda then came to rest on its wheels facing south on the left hand shoulder, according to the CSP.

An Infiniti M35 then collided with the Ford. The Infiniti went onto the left hand shoulder and crashed into the cable rail.

Huerta was not wearing a seat belt. He was airlifted to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs but was later pronounced dead.

Everyone else involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt and survived, the CSP stated.

The Honda’s driver, 27-year-old Colin Glenn of Colorado Springs, and a passenger, 24-year-old Grace Sung, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Penrose Hospital, according to the CSP.

The Infiniti’s driver, 41-year-old Andrew Griffiths of Colorado Springs, was not hurt.

The Infiniti’s front passenger, 38-year-old Brandi Griffiths, suffered a minor injuries. The Infiniti’s rear passengers, a 5-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl, also suffered minor injuries, the CSP stated.

Alcohol and drug use are not considered contributing factors in the crash, the CSP stated. Sleeping at the wheel is being investigated as a contributing factor.