Aaron “Gabe” Grammer, 19, of Norwood, was pronounced dead at 4:55 a.m. that morning, at the Uncompahgre Medical Center, in Norwood; Natalie R. Petersen, 19, of Norwood, was transported by Care Flight to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, and driver Christian Skylar Kelley, 20, was taken by ambulance to Montrose Memorial Hospital, both “after sustaining serious injuries.”
Grammer is the son of Dave and Roxanne Grammer.
Kelley has been moved to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where he is being treated for severe lacerations, and Petersen is expected to recover from her injuries.
Kelley is facing 11 felony charges, including vehicular homicide, assault and manslaughter; vehicular assault under the influence of alcohol; underage consumption of alcohol; reckless driving; driving under the influence; driving at excessive speed; stop-sign violation; and careless driving causing bodily injury.
None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.
According to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol, “the suspension of the vehicle compressed, due to the different elevations in the country road and Colorado 145, causing a gouge in the pavement. The vehicle then went into a yaw traveling off the left side of the roadway” and into a dry irrigation ditch and then “collided into a wire fence and went airborne,” landing on its wheel and rotating counter-clockwise, then tripped and rolled again, “ejecting all occupants” before coming to “rest on its top facing south.”
Valley Lawn Funeral Home (970/249-4400) is handling funeral arrangements, which as of press time were pending.