Fort Lupton in shock over crash that killed teenager, injured three others

FORT LUPTON, Colo. — Those who knew the boys involved in Tuesday’s tragic car accident in Fort Lupton are stunned. The crash happened at the intersection of Ninth Street and Park Avenue in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

There is a makeshift memorial there in honor of the 14-year-old who was killed and his three friends who are recovering in the hospital.

Late Tuesday night, friends of the victims held a vigil for all four fours. There were two 14-year-olds, a 16-year-old who was a driver and a 12-year-old in the car.

One of the 14-year-olds who was in the back seat of the red Pontiac died when the driver lost control and smashed into a parked van while going between 70 mph and 80 mph.

“He was one of the best people that I ever knew,” said friend Drak Gallegos. “A few days ago I just talked to him. I didn’t know that would be the last time I ever saw him or I would be able to say goodbye to him.”

The survivers are recovering in a hospital. Fort Lupton Police are looking into several things, including if the driver had a driver’s license and if he took his grandmother’s car without permission.

There is no work on whether any criminal charges will be filed against the driver.