Boy, 4, killed in I-70 rollover accident
Summit Daily News
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
A 4-year-old boy was killed and four other small children and two adults were seriously injured Tuesday night in a single-car rollover crash on westbound Interstate 70 just west of the Eisenhower Tunnel.
CJ Pettus, 4, was killed after he, 8-year-old Darion Jackson and 7-month-old Keire Comeger were ejected from the 1992 black Geo Prizm when the driver, 22-year-old Nathaniel Comeger lost control, crashed into a depressed storm drain and rolled the car two-and-a-half times, according to a statement from Colorado State Patrol.
Jackson and the baby, Keire Comeger, were airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Aurora with serious injuries. Two other children in the car, 6-year-old Marrion Johnson and 3-year old Cyaire Pettus, were later also transported to Children’s with serious injuries. CJ Pettus was pronounced dead at the scene.
Nathaniel Comeger and Cyisha Cook, 22, were both seriously injured and were taken to Summit Medical Center where Cook underwent surgery. Comeger was later transported to St. Anthony’s Central in Denver.
Comeger was partially ejected from the car, while the Cook and all five children were found outside the vehicle, according to a statement from Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.
None of the five children in the small, four-door vehicle were restrained properly, according to the release from state patrol.
Though the children and the two adults are all from Fontana, Calif., it is still unclear how they are related to one another. Cook was likely the mother of at least two of the children, Colorado State Patrol officials said.
State patrol is investigating the crash, but alcohol and drugs are not suspected factors, according to a statement.
The accident, which happened just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, closed I-70 westbound for several hours.
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