Married Longmont, Fort Collins teachers killed in rollover crash on I-25 near Loveland
LOVELAND, Colo. — A single vehicle rollover crash killed two area teachers Friday night on southbound Interstate 25 near Highway 34 in Loveland.
Police say the husband and wife, identified as Jared and Genevieve Sommervold of Johnstown, were killed instantly.
A 2-year-old girl survived the crash.
Police say the crash happened around 9:20 p.m. on 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, the Colorado State Patrol said.
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,” read an email sent out to parents on Saturday. “He made a considerable impact on many students and staff in his five year tenure,” St. Vrain Valley School District Spokesman Damon Brown said.
“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 Sommervold’s 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,” Hopkins said, “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,” Thielen said. “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,” Thielen said. “Definitely want to get with the family and see how we can help.”
CSP says neither victim were wearing a seatbelt.
The 2-year-old girl was in a forward facing car seat and was properly restrained. She was not hurt.
It is unknown which of the victims was driving the vehicle at the time, CSP says.
Police say no drugs or alcohol was involved.