Two die in Hwy. 9 head-on collision |

Two die in Hwy. 9 head-on collision

SUMMIT COUNTY – A head-on collision just south of Frisco on Highway 9 resulted in two deaths Monday night.

Three men were traveling south in a two-door Dihatsu hatchback between Frisco and Breckenridge. The Dihatsu reportedly crossed over the double yellow lines into the northbound lane of the two-lane highway and hit a northbound four-door Ford Explorer head-on.

The Colorado State Patrol was still investigating the facts and the cause of the collision Monday night.

Two of the three people in the Dihatsu were pronounced dead at the scene, near the Frisco Nordic Center entrance on Highway 9.

The 18-year-old driver of the Explorer, Lauren Elizabeth Gentile, was transported to the Summit Medical Center Thursday night. The Summit High School senior reportedly suffered a broken ankle and nose. Shortly after the wreck she called family members, who live in Summit Cove.

Gentile’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Guillermo Dorantes, and his friend Carlo Gambino arrived at the Summit Medical Center in Frisco around 7 p.m.

After talking with victim advocates and county coroner Joanne Richardson at the medical center, Dorantes and Gambino, who are fluent in Spanish and English, said they would help notify the families of the deceased.

Although the deceased had not yet been identified, they were thought to be Mexican nationals, at least one of which lived in Breckenridge.

The third man traveling in the Dihatsu was seriously injured and was flown to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, said Summit sheriff’s sgt. Jeff Kiewiet.

The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. From about 6 p.m. until about 10:30 p.m., Frisco police and Summit County sheriff’s deputies rerouted traffic between Frisco and Breckenridge. Drivers used Swan Mountain Road to bypass the scene.

Frisco police gave several motorists tickets after drivers tried to drive through the blockade, nearly hitting officers who were directing southbound traffic to turn around at the Summit County Commons.

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