EVERGREEN, Colo. – The two people found dead in a crashed car in Bear Creek in Evergreen have been identified as a 26-year-old man from Conifer and a 20-year-old Evergreen woman.
The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified the two as Corry Danks, 26, of Conifer and Kira Blaugher-Wyszomirski, 20, of Evergreen.
Friends of both victims remembered them at Drass Deli on Thursday, a local spot they visited frequently in Evergreen.
"It's been difficult for everyone; it has really affected the community deeply," said Lee Kirbert, who grew up with Corry, who friends call CJ, and also knew Kira.
Danks was driving the car when it crashed, and Blaugher-Wyszomirski was riding in the passenger's seat.
"[CJ] was a confident person, he lived with poise," Kirbert said. "Kira was just a very exciting person, she lived as a free spirit."
It’s still unclear when the crash happened, but bystanders noticed the car, a 2015 Volkswagen, upside down in the creek along Highway 74 just after 8 a.m. Wednesday.
"It was tough because we didn't know what was going on for a long time," said Kirbert.
Colorado State Patrol officials told Denver7 they believe the car had been in the creek for “several hours” before it was discovered.
Tami Danks, CJ's mother, said she thought the two were on their way to visit a friend in Kittredge Tuesday night before the crash happened.
Danks went to Conifer High School where he played basketball. His mother said he just recently moved back from Florida and had started doing home renovation work.
Friends said Blaugher-Wyszomirski went to Evergreen High School and had been working at a local restaurant.