AURORA, Colo. - A 13-year-old was killed when his sister lost control of a car while practicing a stunt maneuver and the vehicle crashed into an unoccupied mobile home at the Denver Meadows Mobile Home Park.
Aurora police said they were called to 2075 Potomac Street just after 8 p.m. and found a black Saturn that had crashed into a mobile home on the driver's side of the car. The car was occupied by four teenagers.
They told police the driver was practicing "J-turns" which is a driving maneuver used to reverse a backwards-traveling vehicle so as to continue driving in the same direction, but with the vehicle pointed forward.
During one of these turns the driver lost control and struck the mobile home. The structure has been unoccupied for at least the last three years, police said.
"J-turns" are frequently done by stunt drivers in movies and are taught to law enforcement officers as a tactical maneuver.
The teenagers were identified Monday by Aurora Police Lt. Chuck DeShazer. The driver was Monica Gonzalez, 16; the front seat passenger was Arturo Martinez; the right rear seat passenger was Luis Luna Robles, 16; the deceased passenger was Noe Gonzalez, 13.
Firefighters had to cut the top of the car off in order to get to Monica Gonzalez. She was hospitalized after the crash with life-threatening injuries and is currently classified in critical condition.
Robles also remains in the hospital, but her injuries are called non-life threatening.
Martinez was also taken to the hospital but has been released.
Noe Gonzalez died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Aurora Public Schools sent this statement about his death:
"We are deeply saddened to share that a student at North Middle School Health Sciences and Technology Campus was recently killed in an automobile accident. Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends.
"This news has been upsetting for many students and staff members. Because of this, we have had counselors at school today to talk with students and staff who are having difficulty dealing with this sad situation. We will continue to provide counselors as needed.
"The safety and well-being of our students and staff is a top priority in Aurora Public Schools."