Community in mourning after 4 teens killed in Prowers County crash; 5th teen in critical condition
PROWERS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado community is left reeling after a horrific crash claimed four young lives Sept. 8.
An SUV carrying five teenagers was traveling on Highway 287 in Prowers County when it collided with a semi-truck traveling in the opposite direction. State Patrol confirms two 16-year-old boys, a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl died in the crash. The sole survivor was a 15-year-old boy, who is in critical condition.
UCHealth shared a statement on behalf of the family of the surviving teen on Wednesday:
Wiley School District confirms all were students at Wiley School. School was canceled the day of the crash.
Troopers tell 11 News the collision happened at the intersection of Highway 287 and Prowers County Road 196 just outside the town of Wiley at 9:35 p.m. The teens were traveling southbound on the highway in a Ford Explorer, while a semi hauling a boat was heading north. According to investigators, the teens inadvertently crossed into the path of the oncoming semi while trying to make a left turn. Drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash.
Along with the surviving passenger in the Ford, both the truck driver and a co-driver in the semi’s sleeper berth were injured and transported to hospitals. The co-driver’s injuries were described as serious, while the driver has already been treated and released.
Wiley is located in eastern Colorado about 10 miles northwest of Lamar.
11 News confirmed with the Prowers County Sheriff’s office that they have set up a donation fund for the families involved.
Sgt. Rafael Rodriguez says they are unsure how long the fund will be up but the donations will be split among the families involved.
Legacy Bank also tells 11 News people can head into any one of their eight locations across Colorado and mention the Wiley Panther Memorial fund to donate.
A family member identified one of the victims as Martin Roman.
“Martin was a amazing kid,” an aunt of Martin explained. “Who had the Lord in his heart , this is what has brought peace to my sister in this moment . He was in basketball, football, helped around his church and school. Always telling jokes making people laugh, a smile that would light up the room. Loved to spend his time outdoors riding his motorcycle, hiking, fishing, swimming. He dreamed of being a airplane pilot when he grew up.”
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