Couple killed in rollover on I-25 near Loveland identified as high school science teachers

2-year-old child survived the crash, officials say
Posted at 4:59 PM, Sep 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-18 18:29:52-04

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- A two-year-old will grow up never knowing what mom and dad were like, after both were killed on I-25 following a rollover near Loveland Friday night.

The couple, identified as Jared Sommervold, 34, and Genevieve Sommervold, 30, were driving a 2007 gold Lexus GX 470 southbound on I-25 in the left lane when, for some unknown reason, the vehicle swerved and went right, overcorrected and rolled, according to Colorado State Patrol trooper Alisha Danko. 

It is not known who was driving at the time, as both were ejected from the vehicle and killed at the scene. The Sommervolds were not wearing seatbelts, Danko said.

The 2-year-old was buckled into a forward facing safety seat and was not injured. 

Jared was a science teacher and coach at Longmont High School. Genevieve taught science at Fort Collins High School, officials from both schools confirmed with Denver7.

On Sunday, Jared's former players reacted with sadness. 

"He just had such a big impact on my life when I needed him," said former player Marcus Vasquez. "When I needed someone there, he was actually there."

Vasquez viewed Jared as a coach and a mentor.

"It wasn’t the brightest thought process that always went through my head at the time," said Vasquez who is now 21. "I'll just put it that way. He gave me hope in myself. He made me a strong person. He made me feel like I was worthwhile."

Grief counselors will be available Monday at both schools to help students and staff cope with the loss, school officials said in a prepared statement.

There have been more than 410 deadly crashes in Colorado since the beginning of the year, according to Danko.


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