Lopez Elementary student killed in car collision

Serena Bettis

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.

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