GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Communities from here to Silt continue to mourn the loss of two local young people killed in a Feb. 15 car crash near the city of Berthoud, about halfway between Fort Collins and Denver on the Front Range.
Marquelle "Kellie" Miller, 18, most recently of Denver, and Malachi Bilson, 20, of Silt, who both grew up in Garfield County, died when a Toyota Corolla driven by Miller turned in front of a Chevy Tahoe at the intersection of Highway 287 and Highway 56, according to police reports.
The Larimer County Coroner's office delayed release of the names of the two until Tuesday.
Miller is the granddaughter of well-known local businessman (and columnist for the Post Independent) Ross Talbott and his wife, Ramona, and daughter of Renee and Dave Miller, all of New Castle.
Bilson, according to reports, is the son of Kimberly Macdonald and Matt Bilson of Silt. He reportedly was a close friend of Miller's who had recently returned to his home in Silt after spending time away from home, and was on the Front Range visiting a relative.
According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Department, which assisted the Berthoud Police Department, the accident occurred at 9:08 p.m.
The press release stated that authorities believe the Corolla was heading south on Highway 287 and turned left onto Highway 56, in front of the other vehicle heading north on Highway 287.
John Schulz, public information officer for the sheriff's department, said investigators believe the traffic light was green for the Tahoe.
One passenger in the Tahoe was ejected from the vehicle, and another passenger suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Miller was pronounced dead at the scene, and Bilson died later at the Medical Center of the Rockies.
A service for Bilson is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Rifle Funeral Home (viewing from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.)
A memorial event for both Bilson and Miller will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Coal Ridge High School, according to a special memorial page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/marquellemillermemorial).