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Update: CSU student killed in car crash near City Park

Update: Fort Collins Police announced Monday that Ariel Cartin, a CSU veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences student, has died due to injuries she sustained in a car crash early Thursday morning. Cartin passed away April 15, according to the release.

Officials are still determining whether alcohol or drugs played a part in the crash.


This story is developing. Stay with the Collegian for more updates.

Original story: Early Thursday morning, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences student Ariel Cartin was airlifted by helicopter to the Medical Center of the Rockies with “serious injuries” after the SUV she was driving struck a tree near City Park, according to a Fort Collins Police Department press release. FCPD was notified of the collision at 1:09 a.m. Thursday. 

As of 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Cartin was in “very, very critical” condition, according to a spokesperson for the Medical Center of the Rockies Intensive Care Unit.

Cartin, the only occupant of the vehicle, was traveling east on West Mulberry Street at a “high rate of speed” before it came off the road, hit a tree and finally stopped just outside a residential home. West Mulberry Street was closed for police investigation between Bryan and City Park avenues for approximately five hours after the incident.

Police are unsure if the influence of drugs or alcohol were a cause in the collision. The investigation into what caused the vehicle to go off road is ongoing.

Those with information about the collision not already provided to police are asked to contact Officer David Kaes at (970) 416-2229.

Collegian News Editor Erik Petrovich can be reached at or via Twitter @EAPetrovich.

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