Community holds vigil for teens involved in fatal I-25 crash

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WINDSOR, Colo. -- Friends and family members of two Windsor teens, one who was killed in an I-25 head on the collision, the other seriously injured, held a vigil Friday night.

Hundreds of people filled the Windsor High School football field at 6:00 p.m. to remember Kyle Nackos and pray for the recovery of Nash Rider. The teens, 19 and 16, respectively, were victims in a head-on collision with a 25-year-old man driving down the wrong side of I-25 northbound at Highway 7.  It happened early Thanksgiving morning.

According to troopers, Nackos died on the scene. Rider was taken to the hospital and is unconscious fighting life-threatening injuries.

"I think all of us have a degree of anger that one person's choice has taken one life and endangered the life of another," said Kevin Copher, assistant principal at Windsor High School. "One of our kids. Of course we are angry about that."

Candles were passed around the crowd as more and more people surrounded the speakers. Both of Nackos' parents spoke about their grief. They spoke about how overwhelmed they were with the community's support and how people needed to pray for Rider's recovery.

"Also, I ask that you have forgiveness in your heart for the driver that took our son away from us," said Nackos's father, Scott Nackos. "He needs to heal too. He needs your prayers."

Two accounts have been set up for the families of both teens. Each has raised over $10,000 so far.

Help page for Nash Rider

Help page for family of Kyle Nakos