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Lopez Elementary student killed in car collision

A 23-year-old man in a Hyundai Santa Fe hit and killed a Lopez Elementary School student this morning, according to a press release published by Fort Collins Police Services. 

The FCPS Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling team responded to a 911 call at 8:40 a.m. regarding a collision at the four-way stop along Wabash Street and Benthaven Street next to Lopez Elementary School. 

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The vehicle stopped at the four-way stop but continued forward and struck the child in the opposite crosswalk. 

“The child was transported to an area hospital and sadly succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash,” said Kate Kimble, public relations manager for the Fort Collins Police Department, in a video statement

“Words cannot express how sad we are for the victim’s family, and we will continue to support them in the days to come.” -Kate Kimble, public relations manager, Fort Collins Police Department

The CRASH team closed the intersection for over three hours to investigate the incident. FCPS does not believe speed, alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision, and it will release the child’s name and official cause of death at a later time. 

FCPS will work with Lopez Elementary School and Poudre School District students, family and staff to provide any needed resources and support. 

“Words cannot express how sad we are for the victim’s family, and we will continue to support them in the days to come,” Kimble said. 

Anyone with information regarding the collision should contact Officer Drew Jurkofsky at 970-416-2224.

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb

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Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.

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