FORT LUPTON, Colo. - A 14-year-old boy died and three other boys were rushed to the hospital after their Pontiac G8 crashed into a parked van in Fort Lupton early Tuesday morning.
One teen was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Aurora, according to Ft. Lupton Police Chief Ken Poncelow. The other two were taken to local hospitals in ambulances.
Investigators believe the 16-year-old driver was going too fast around a corner and lost control. The red Pontiac spun several times before its rear smashed into the front of a white GMC Savana van parked at Park Avenue and 9th Street at about 2 a.m.
The 14-year-old boy who was sitting in the back of the car was killed at the scene. The conditions of the 12-year-old passenger and another 14-year-old passenger have not been released. All the boys were trapped in the car and had to be extricated by emergency personnel.
The boys have not been identified.
Three of the boys were from Fort Lupton and one was from Brighton, police said.
Police say the Pontiac had been traveling 70-80 mph just before the crash. The 16-year-old driver may have also had too many passengers in the car, police said. State law prohibits teen drivers from having more than one passenger under age 21, unless the passenger is a sibling.
Fort Lupton police said this is the first fatal wreck in town in the past two to three years.