FORT LUPTON, Colo. — A horrific wreck early Tuesday morning killed a 14-year-old in Fort Lupton. Police say three other teens in the crash were sent to the hospital. The accident happened around 2 a.m. on a residential street, off Denver and 9th.
Police say the driver was going about 72 mph in a 25 mph zone.
Police say the driver lost control of the Pontiac he was driving, hit a parked van and ended up in someone’s yard. Neighbors say the sound of the crash woke them up.
Cameron Ryan said, “It didn’t sound like any car accident I’ve ever heard before. It sounded like a jet engine winding up. Came out the door, there was a lot of smoke, it smelled like burnt tires.”
Coltin Clark said, “Glass was everywhere, car parts way over here, it was pretty bad.”
Ryan was the first person to reach the teens, grabbing the hand of the 14-year-old in the backseat as he took his last breath. “He lifted his head up, mumbled something, just exhaled heavy and his head dropped again,” Ryan said.
He said the other boys were going in and out of consciousness. “They weren’t in good shape. I honestly don’t think anybody who was here last night really thought that anybody was going to make it.”
Police say the boys, two 14-year-olds in the back, a 12-year-old passenger in the front and the 16-year-old driver were friends.
Julian Sandoval said, “I feel really sad for these kids because they don’t realize how fragile your life is until something like this happens. I’ve got two boys of my own. Shoot, it would just kill me to have to wake up to a phone call like this.”
Other parents like Ryan say it’s a tragic lesson. His teenage son saw the aftermath of the crash. “He is really shaken up over it. He actually told me, ‘I didn’t realize cars could do that much damage.’”
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.