Officials from the Woodland Park School District is offering their thoughts and condolenses.
" With heavy hearts and deep sadness, we are mourning the loss of Kevin Mcdonald, a sophmore at Woodland Park High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin and his family."
We are also hearing from the Mayor of Woodland Park.
" It is with great sorrow that our community learned this morning of the accidental death of another one of our Woodland Park High School Students. We were hoping that in 2013 that we could avoid such tragedy, but so many things are beyond our control," Dave Turley, Mayor of Woodland Park.
For the second time in a matter of months, Woodland Park High School students received the news that a fellow student was killed in a car crash.
Kevin McDonald, 15, was killed after a SUV cut in front of the vehicle he was riding in, forcing the car to crash into a light pole. His 17-year-old brother and 14-year-old sister, also students at WPHS, were in the car with him and sustained minor injuries.
Friday morning started as any other day, with the siblings headed to school in Woodland Park from their home in Divide. When nearing the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital near mile marker 283 on eastbound Highway 24, State Patrol says a SUV made a left turn in front of the teens, causing the 17-year-old driver to hit a light pole. Kevin, who was riding in the backseat, sustained fatal injuries. His siblings' injuries were minor.
State Patrol says all three were wearing their seat belts. The crash occurred around 7:15 a.m.
WPHS Assistant Principal Michael DeWall says the close-knit campus was devastated to learn the news.
"We're already raw from the summer...very sensitive," DeWall said, referring to a
crash in late June that killed three Boy Scouts from the high school. "The school is doing everything we can to meet the needs of our students."
DeWall said the faculty "hand-delivered" the news to the students Friday morning, going classroom to classroom in order to tell the students in person. The campus also providing extra counselors and grief counselors for those needing to talk to someone.
State Patrol will Continue to investigate the cause of the Crash. Colorado law now requires that all drivers must stay behind the white stop line until traffic is clear to make a turn. It is against the law to sit in the middle of the intersection and wait to make a turn.
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