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Teen killed in accident near Silt

Staff Report

SILT ” One teenager is dead and three others injured after a one-car rollover accident Tuesday morning in the Silt Mesa area.

Three of the four teenaged boys in the vehicle were on their way to an informal summer basketball practice when the accident occurred around 9:15 a.m., according to Coal Ridge High School Titans varsity coach basketball coach Mike Cox.

Zach Schwartz, 16, of Silt, died while being airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Cox said.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, whose department assisted the Colorado State Patrol at the scene, said the accident happened on County Road 236 (Harness Lane) about two miles north of Silt.

“It was a single car accident,” Vallario said. “They apparently lost control and rolled. Two were ejected from the vehicle.”

Vallario said the boys were traveling in a pickup truck. No other information about the make or model of the vehicle were available.

The injured included driver Braxton Jackson, 16, of New Castle, Alex Klein, 15, of New Castle and Ian Martinez, 16, of Silt.

Schwartz and Martinez were initially airlifted to St. Mary’s and Klein and Jackson taken to Grand River Hospital in Rifle. Klein was later taken to St. Mary’s, according to Cox.

Officials from St. Mary’s Hospital would only release the condition of Martinez on Tuesday afternoon, whom they listed as “critical.”

The Titans basketball team was scheduled to leave early this morning, July 5, to attend a basketball camp in Laramie, Wyo.

Instead, Cox, who immediately went to Grand Junction after hearing about the accident, said he was calling a team meeting Tuesday night and that the trip was canceled.

Schwartz, Klein and Jackson were all players on last year’s Coal Ridge team. Martinez is also a student at Coal Ridge High School, but not on the basketball team.

Coal Ridge High School just opened last fall.

The CPS is still investigating the accident.


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