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Car accidents: High school student dies in crash

Patricia M. Jarzobski

An accident in Delta County has killed a senior from a local high school, according to local law enforcement. Colorado authorities confirmed the death of an unidentified student after an accident in Peach Valley. When the victims of car accidents are under the age of majority, their names are withheld from publication until next-of-kin can be notified, as is the case here. The police investigation is still underway at this time. 

No information about the nature of the accident was provided in the report, other than to say it took place around 9:15 p.m. the evening of Nov. 9. There is no word as to how many cars were involved or what predicated the accident. However, it has been confirmed that two current students at Delta High School, as well as two recent graduates, were all involved. 

One of the two current students was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other occupants of the car were rushed to a medical center in Grand Junction with injuries described as critical. The third surviving occupant was taken to a different hospital in stable condition. No further information has been provided by police at this time.

Car accidents causing fatalities can sometimes lead to criminal charges being filed against one or more drivers. However, it is difficult to say in this case whether police will pursue this option since their investigation is ongoing. Colorado state law allows the family of the deceased and the injured parties to file wrongful death and/or personal injury suits against any driver or drivers found to be materially responsible for the crash. These suits do not require a criminal charge or conviction to proceed. 

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