Loveland youth dies in Routt County accident


— A 12-year-old Loveland boy visiting Steamboat Springs for a soccer tournament died in a one-car accident Sunday morning.

Josh Johnson was killed after being partially ejected from a sport utility vehicle when it flipped while traveling south on County Road 14 just before 10 a.m., Colorado State Trooper Brad Keadle said.

The accident killed Johnson and injured five other Loveland residents. Johnson was the only person who was not wearing a seat belt.

Keadle, a six-year veteran, said the seat belt might have made the difference.

"We have five alive and one dead," Keadle said. "The one person who died was not wearing a seat belt."

Elisa Patterson, 48, was driving the 1997 Land Rover Discovery south on C.R. 14 when she lost control of the vehicle while entering a curve at the intersection with C.R. 14F, Keadle said.

Patterson, who suffered a broken sternum and multiple cuts and bruises, faces misdemeanor charges of careless driving causing death and careless driving causing injury.

Patterson was released from Yampa Valley Medical Center Monday, said Christine McKelvie, a hospital spokeswoman. Patterson's 13-year-old son, Will, is in fair condition at the medical center. He suffered a fractured skull and cuts.

The curve has been an area where numerous rollover accidents have occurred in the past, Keadle said.

"The speed limit posted is 35 mph," Keadle said. "At the intersection there is a cautionary sign that the curve should be taken at 15 mph. The speed the vehicle was traveling was 30 mph.

"That curve will sneak up on you if you are not aware of it."

The SUV slid off the left side of the road and then flipped onto its roof.

Johnson was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, Keadle said. Johnson, who suffered a severe head injury, was sitting behind the driver.

Others hurt in the accident include Rachel Moyle, 14, Elizabeth McCreary, 14, and Mike McManus, 13.

The three youths were taken to the medical center, treated for injuries and then released, McKelvie said.

Moyle suffered a head injury, McCreary sustained a broken collarbone and McManus was treated for multiple cuts and bruises.

Patterson and the five youths were in town for the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament. Patterson was driving the youths back to a residence on C.R. 14 when the accident occurred, Keadle said.

"They were coming from a match they had watched," Keadle said. "They were going to stop at the residence and then head home to Loveland."


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