Married Longmont, Fort Collins teachers killed in rollover crash on I-25 near Loveland

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LOVELAND, Colo. -- A single-vehicle rollover crash killed two teachers Friday night on southbound Interstate 25 near Highway 34.

The Colorado State Patrol said Jared and Genevieve Sommervold of Johnstown were killed instantly. A 2-year-old girl survived the crash.

The CSP said the crash happened around 9:20 p.m. Friday in the southbound lanes of I-25. The vehicle went off the right side of the road, over-corrected and rolled almost two full times, coming to a stop on the driver's side.

Jared Sommervold was a teacher at Longmont High School and Genevieve Sommervold was a teacher at Fort Collins High School.

"Mr. Sommervold was a beloved teacher and coach at Longmont High," an email sent to parents on Saturday read.

"He made a considerable impact on many students and staff in his five year tenure," St. Vrain Valley School District spokesman Damon Brown said.

"He was always the first one we could go to if we were having issues," said friend and former student Casey Garman. "Including school or with friends or anything like that he always had good advice and was sitting there able to listen to us when we needed him.

"It's a loss to everybody because both of those people were just solid good people."

"We can confirm that Genevieve taught at Fort Collins High School," the Poudre School District said in a statement. "We have notified staff and sent an email and call to families. We will have counselors and mental health staff at FCHS on Monday to support students should they need it."

People who knew the Sommervolds say they were always very friendly.

"I was impressed with them. They were always friendly," Doyle Hopkins said. "I was driving home and I saw like four fire trucks and two ambulances. I saw a car southbound laying on its side. I didn't know who is was at that time. It was dark and there was lots of traffic."

"We've known them since they've moved in. Two years," neighbor Rick Thielen said. "Beautiful little girl. We see her out in the yard every once in a while. It's a shock. It still hasn't really sunk in. You see them a few days ago and now they're gone.

"I'm broken-hearted to hear about it. Definitely want to get with the family and see how we can help."

The CSP said neither victim was wearing a seat belt. The 2-year-old girl was in a forward-facing carseat and was properly restrained. She was not hurt.

It is unknown which of the victims was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, the CSP said. No drugs or alcohol were involved.

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