Four teens injured in rollover crash


— Four teenagers were injured Friday night when the teenage driver lost control of the car they were riding in and crashed, according to a police report.

The driver, 16-year-old Patrick Dwain Dickey of Steamboat Springs, was driving a 1999 Chrysler 300M east on Routt County Road 41A at about 5:35 p.m. when the car entered a curve and began to spin clockwise, according to a report prepared by Colorado State Trooper Brett Hilling.

Dickey apparently tried to correct the car from skidding when it began to spin and skidded off the left side of the road.

According to the report, the car hit an embankment and rolled onto its roof.

Dickey and the three teenage occupants, whose names were not included in the report, were able to free themselves from the car.

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the accident and requested an ambulance and other rescue personnel.

Dickey's parents took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center. The other passengers were taken to the hospital by ambulance, according to Hilling's report.

Two of the passengers were treated for minor injuries. The third passenger, who was in the middle of the back seat, underwent tests for his or her injuries, according to the report.

The condition of the teenagers could not be determined Saturday.

According to Hilling's investigation, the car was traveling more than twice the posted speed limit. Dickey received a citation for reckless driving.

-- To contact Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail


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