Vail teenagers injured in high-speed, one-car crash along Interstate 70
EAGLE-VAIL – Four Battle Mountain High School students are in serious condition following a one-car accident Sunday on Interstate 70 near Edwards. The driver of the car, an 18-year-old Red Canyon High School student, was also injured.Police have not yet released the names of the two ninth-graders and two 10th-graders from Avon and Edwards involved in the accident. All four were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction Sunday evening.The accident happened when the driver, Cristobal Covarrubias, 18, of Avon, lost control of a red Mitsubishi Spyder convertible sports car. Police said Covarrubias was driving fast and headed west on I-70 near Edwards when he lost control in a right hand curve just past Wilmore Lake. Covarrubias, a cashier at the Avon Wal-Mart, overcorrected and skidded northwest across both westbound lanes, police said. The car then struck a guard rail and then skidded southwest across both westbound lanes and then across the center grass median. The car struck an embankment and rolled.The three rear passengers weren’t wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the car, police said. Those passengers suffered serious injuries. The front seat passenger and Covarrubias were wearing their seatbelts and weren’t ejected.Covarrubias sustained minor injuries and the front seat passenger sustained serious injuries, police said.All passengers and Covarrubias were taken to Vail Valley Medical Center. The critically injured passengers were then flown to Grand Junction.The crash is still under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol.Sunday’s crash is the second car accident involving a Covarrubias family member in the past two months. Cristobal Covarrubias’ sister, Monica, 19, was killed Oct. 9 in an accident in Southern Utah. She and David Najera, who also worked at Wal-Mart, were killed just a few hours after they were married Oct. 8 when the car they were riding to their honeymoon crashed.
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