Alcohol considered factor in fatal crash involving teens

Crash at East 72nd Avenue and Highway 2 in Commerce City

Crash at East 72nd Avenue and Highway 2 in Commerce City

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Excessive speed and alcohol are being investigated as factors in a fatal crash after a car full of high school students collided with a motorcyclist.

The students are from Adams City High School. The crash happened around 3 p.m. Friday on State Highway 2 and Locust Street.

The car hit a 52-year-old motorcyclist, police said. The 16-year-old driver of the Dodge Neon was taken to Denver Health Medical Center with critical injuries. Two 16-year-old male passengers were taken to Children’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth person, an 18-year-old woman, was treated for minor injuries and released.

Commerce City Police Chief Troy Smith said speed and alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash. Charges under review include vehicular homicide.