Oct 3, 2011 7:13 PM by David Ortiviz
Students are grieving the unexpected loss of a classmate in Pueblo. A senior from Central High died in a car wreck over the weekend. The school says Carlos Torres was a well-liked student who was involved in several school activities.
Friday night started on a jubilant tone. It was the 111th annual football match-up between Central and Centennial known as the bell game. Central lost the game, but despite the loss students were united in a rich experience that celebrates high school pride. No one was prepared for the sudden loss of one of their own: Carlos Torres.
It was just before 5 a.m. Saturday morning when Torres was driving on highway 78, between Pueblo and Beulah and somehow lost control. The Colorado State Patrol say his 1996 Jeep Cherokee hit a fence, went airborne, hit two trees and burst into flames. Torres was ejected. Trooper Nate Reid says "drugs or alcohol are suspected" in the crash. The Pueblo coroner says toxicology tests are pending.
"Obviously it's very difficult on the wildcat family, losing a wonderful kid like Carlos. He was a great student athlete here," said David Craddock, Assistant Principal at Central. Torres played basketball and was a member of student council.
As students went back to class Monday they were allowed to grieve in their own way, on their own time. Some students talked with counselors, one group gathered in a hallway and played music and sang songs. "The priority right now it to provide students and staff with as much support as we can and obviously on behalf of the wildcat family, our condolences go out Carlos' family and friends," said Craddock.
Students plan to hold a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Monday, in front of Central High.