Update: Freshman on life support after on-campus car crash

Ravyn Cullor

The 19-year-old student seriously injured in an on-campus car crash Monday night is currently on life support awaiting the donation of his organs, according to the latest statement from the University.

The student, who has been identified as freshman TJ Avery, was hit in a vehicle-pedestrian crash at West Pitkin Street and Ellis Drive and was transported to the Medical Center of the Rockies at that time. 


Despite earlier statements from the University confirming his death, an update Wednesday afternoon stated Avery’s current condition is unknown.

“CSU is unaware of the current status of our student, Anthony “TJ” Avery,” wrote Dell Rae Ciaravola, public information officer for the CSU Public Safety Team, in an email to The Collegian. “When we last spoke with the family earlier today, he was on life support pending the donation of his organs.”

The University has confirmed the student’s identity.

“We share our deepest condolences with TJ’s family and friends, including his new friends among our University community,” wrote Ciaravola. “We are all greatly saddened by this tragic incident. Our thoughts are with all of those who are impacted. We also thank everyone who helped at the accident.”

Avery had just joined the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at CSU, according to a Housing and Dining Services email. 

The University provides the following resources to support students through difficult news, Ciaravola wrote:

Student Case Management, 970-491-8051.

CSU Health Network counseling services, 970-491-6053 (during business hours); (970) 491-7111 for 24/7 and after-hours assistance.

Spiritual Care Team at CSU Health Network, call (970) 491-7121 to schedule an individual session with a spiritual care professional.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Avery had died. We have updated the article according to the most recently available information. Previous information said Avery was 18-years-old. We have since been informed he was 19-years-old and updated this article accordingly.

Ravyn Cullor can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @RCullor99.