Mar 29, 2010 12:14 AM by Matt Stafford, Jeannette Hynes
Four Lewis-Palmer High School football teammates were driving back home together from a Spring break trip in California when their jeep rolled on I-70 in Eagle County Saturday afternoon. Three of them were tossed from the vehicle.
One teen, Levi Patrick, died. Chase Yaeger, Nathanial Matteson, and Jefferson Oakley all survived and are recovering. State Troopers say a tire defect may have caused the crash.
"He had a concussion. His head was split open on the top," says Tracy Yaeger, of her son, Chase.
Tracy says she talked with her son on the phone before the car crash, but she was worried about the last part the long drive.
"That was the biggest concern, you know, that they would be coming over Vail Pass," says Tracy Yaeger.
Grief counselors will be at the high school in Monument Monday for friends of the teen who died, Levi Patrick.
"We'll try to do the best we can to support them, as well as our staff members," says Cheryl Wangeman, Assistant Superintendent of Lewis-Palmer School District.
"There is no making sense of it," says Tracy Yaeger. "I'm just so sorry that any of these boys have to go through this. These boys will forever be affected by it."