Freeway race results in two fatalities |

Freeway race results in two fatalities

eagle county correspondent

WOLCOTT ” An Eagle County boy was killed in a 100-mph freeway race around 1 a.m., Sunday when his opponent lost control and they collided, sending the boy’s car rolling into the median, authorities said.

The name of the boy is not being released because he is a minor and the driver of the other car, 18-year-old Berriah Metts of Edwards, has been charged with felony vehicular homicide in the crash near the Wolcott I-70 interchange, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said Sunday afternoon.

The boy was driving west, racing his 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo against a 2001 Toyota Celica, Sgt. Shawn Olmstead of the Colorado State Patrol said.

“It’s been determined both were racing,” Olmstead said, adding the cars’ speeds reached 100 mph.

When Metts, in the Celica, attempted to pass the Monte Carlo, he lost control, swerved off the left side of the road and then back onto the freeway, where he collided with the Monte Carlo, Olmstead said.

The Monte Carlo then rolled several times into the median and landed upside down, while the Celica stopped in the grass on the right side of the road, Olmstead said.

A Leadville resident, Andrew Martinez, who was riding in the Monte Carlo was treated and released from Vail Valley Medical Center, Olmstead said.

Metts has been charged with felony vehicular homicide as well as two misdemeanors ” engagement in a speed contest and reckless driving, Olmstead said.

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